International Data Transfers post Schrems - Moving Towards Solutions

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International data transfers are both essential for the modern world and a major source of risks to the protection of personal data. In this, we can speak of a clash between an important multifaceted objective and the protection of a complex fundamental human right with implications going far beyond that right itself. The goal must be to facilitate data privacy respecting international data transfers. However, agreement on this goal – even if widespread – does not necessarily signal agreement on how we reach that goal. To make progress, we must proceed with caution and yet avoid getting bogged down in the unavoidable challenges, such as definitional challenges, we will face. This article canvasses a selection of key considerations that ought to be kept in mind when we discuss approaches to international data transfers. However, to prepare ground for that discussion,
it first sets the scene by examining the so-called Schrems II decision, its larger context and background, as well as some of the reactions we have seen to that decision.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-37
JournalGdańskie Studia Prawnicze
Issue number52
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2021


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