On February 29, 2016, the Department of Commerce and European Commission released the details of the new US-EU Privacy Shield program, intended to replace the now defunct US-EU Safe Harbor program.

According to the materials released, the new program includes an expanded set of privacy principles, increased operational vetting to be conducted by the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, a new role for EU data protection authorities, assurances of enforcement from the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Transportation, and a new arbitration model.

The details were released today as part of a package, transmitted by US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to EU Commissioner Věra Jourová, that includes over 120 pages of documentation detailing the results of the Privacy Shield negotiations, as well as supporting letters from the US Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to provide assurances that the privacy rights of Europeans will be protected.

See our quick overview of the new Privacy Shield program.

DLA Piper will be presenting a webinar on these developments on Thursday, March 3. Please stay tuned for further information