In the latest step toward finalising a replacement for the defunct Safe Harbor program, the European Commission has published its draft adequacy decision, formally supporting its view that the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield will ensure an adequate level of protection for the transfer of personal data from the EU to U.S. companies which enlist in the program. It also introduces a range of enhanced rights and redress mechanisms for EU citizens. Once finalised, an adequacy decision by the European Commission establishes that the non-EU country (or program) which is the object of the decision ensures an adequate level of protection of personal data and means that personal data can flow to it from any of the 28 EU member states without any further restrictions.

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