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.