The Data Privacy Framework (DPF) presents new legal guidance to facilitate personal data sharing between US companies and their counterparts in the EU and the UK. This framework empowers individuals with greater control over their personal data and streamlines business operations by creating common rules around interoperable dataflows. Moreover, the DPF will help enable clear contract terms and business codes of conduct for corporations that collect, use, and transfer personal data across borders.
Any business that collects data related to people in the EU must comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is the toughest privacy and security law across the globe. Thus, the DPF helps US corporations avoid potentially hefty fines and penalties by ensuring their data transfers align with GDPR regulations.
Data transfer procedures, which were historically time-consuming and riddled with legal complications, are now faster and more straightforward with the DPF, which allows for more transatlantic dataflows agreed on by US companies and their EU and UK counterparts. On July 10, 2023, the European Commission finalized an adequacy decision that assures the US offers data protection levels similar to the EU’s.
US companies can register with the DPF through the Department of Commerce DPF website. Companies that previously self-certified compliance with the EU-US Privacy Shield can transition to DPF by recertifying their adherence to DPF principles, including updating privacy policies to reflect any change in procedures and data subject rights that are crucial for this transition. Businesses should develop privacy policies that identify an independent recourse mechanism that can address data protection concerns. To qualify for the DPF the company must fall under the jurisdiction of either the Federal Trade Commission or the US Department of Transportation, though this reach may broaden in the future.
The whole self-certification things seems leaky as a sieve to me… And once data has gone into the US intelligence services you can assume it will go everywhere and there will be no stopping it from the EU side.
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