Today, the Advocate General Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe (AG) published his opinion on a case brought by privacy rights activist, Max Schrems (C-311/18, Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems) (Schrems II). The case concerns the validity of the standard contractual clauses (SCCs). The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) press release can be found here, and the AG’s opinion here.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides that personal data may be transferred to a third country if that country ensures an adequate level of data protection. SCCs are one of several mechanisms approved by the European Commission for personal data transfers to countries not found to offer adequate protection for personal data. If the SCCs were invalidated, thousands of businesses would have to review their data transfer arrangements.
Below, we take a look at the AG opinion.
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