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Get set, update! European Commission publishes finalised SCCs for data transfers

On Friday 4 June 2021, the European Commission published the final version of its long awaited standard contractual clauses for transferring personal data outside of the EEA (SCCs). 

The new SCCs include some welcome developments, including better alignment with the EU GDPR, a modular approach covering a wider range of transfer scenarios and, in this final version, a greater role for the subjective assessment of local laws in Schrems II transfer impact assessments. Our briefing discusses some of the key aspects of the new SCCs and how and when to use them. 

“With these reinforced clauses, we are giving more safety and legal certainty to companies for data transfers. After the Schrems II ruling, it was our duty and priority to come up with user-friendly tools, which companies can fully rely on. This package will significantly help companies to comply with the GDPR.” (Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner for Justice).

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