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New SCCs Have "Important Advantages"

DATA PROTECTION—EU

February 19, 2010

The Financial reports on the European Commission's newly revised Standard Contractual Clauses for global data transfers. An important advantage of the new clauses, according to an advisor on the revision, is that "...they contemplate the possibility that a data processor outside the EU may need to transfer personal data to another data processor, something that happens frequently in daily business practice." Christopher Kuner, a partner with Hunton & Williams in Brussels and chair of the International Chamber of Commerce Task Force on Privacy and Data Protection, described the update as an "improvement" rather than "breakthrough," adding that the new SCCs "do have some important advantages over the existing controller-to-processor clauses."  
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