Update: EU Standard Contractual Clauses
At dotdigital, we take our responsibilities around data protection very seriously and want to make sure that we address any immediate questions that our customers may have.
On Friday 4th June 2021, the European Commission published finalized versions of new Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs).
What are Standard Contractual Clauses?Standard Contract Clauses have been around for a long time and are used by companies worldwide to help them transfer personal data from the UK and Europe to other countries in compliance with the principles of European data protection law. Since the introduction of the GDPR (as well as high-profile cases like Schrems II), this mechanism has been under the spotlight as being outdated.
What has happened?The SCCs have been discussed and much anticipated (by privacy practitioners at least) for some time. At a very high level, the new SCCs have been updated to:
- bring the wording of the SCCs in line with the GDPR;
- address the requirements made in the Schrems II decision; and
- broaden the scope of the situations where these data transfers may take place.