Barry Cook

Group Data Protection Officer, VFS Global

My Sessions

EU-US Privacy Shield: What’s Next? (Sponsored by 3M)

The European Commission and the US Administration have been discussing how to resolve the troublesome issue of transfer of personal data from the European Economic Area to the US following the invalidation of the EU-US Privacy Shield in 2020. Věra Jourová, Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, has called for a proactive approach from the US and strong cooperation, with her main concerns lying with the United States national security and surveillance.

While there are positive steps been taken to between the EU and the US, the UK could move away from EU’s GDPR all together. In October, the UK will appoint a new data protection commissioner, with the aim to focus not just on privacy but on economic and social goals according to the UK’s Culture Secretary, further stating that businesses are afraid to use data as they don’t understand the rules or are afraid of inadvertently breaking them.

In this session our panel of experts explore the current situation with the EU-US Privacy Shield, what it means for organisations both in Europe and the United States, and if the UK deviates from GDPR what this will mean for the UK’s data transfers between the privacy shield parties plus much more.

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