On 16 July the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided to invalidate the EU-US personal data protection agreement (“Privacy Shield”), meaning that it is no longer available as a mechanism for legitimizing transfers of personal data from the EU/EEA to the US.
The ECJ also ruled that the European Commission's Standard Contractual Clauses ('SCCs') remain valid as a legal mechanism for transferring personal data outside the EU and the EEA. As of now, European companies will not be able to rely anymore on the fact that a company self-certifies as “Privacy Shield Compliant”. Instead, companies will need to use Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs). In particular, the European Commission has approved Standard Contractual Clauses between an EU/EEA data controller to non-EU controller and from an EU controller to non-EU or EEA processor.
The European Commission has taken note of the ECJ decision and will consider restarting negotiations with the US government to find a new agreement to allow easier international data transfers between the EU and the US. Euralarm partner Orgalim released a short statement on the day of the judgment.
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The Covid-19 pandemic has an enormous impact on the European industry. It requires them to focus all resources on the immediate challenges of the recovery from the crisis. Therefore Orgalim together with Euralarm and other associations sent a letter to European President van der Leyen requesting to review the prioritisation of the Commission work in 2020 in light of Covid-19.
According to the supporting partners, among which Euralarm, the single most important factor for the request to review the Commission Working Program 2020 is the focus on economic recovery after the crisis. We call the Commission to postpone the current and planned consultations for 2020 which do not immediately support a recovery from the crisis by minimum six months. With this letter the industrial partners are asking Europe to support the ability for their respective industries to focus all required resources and investments on the immediate challenges of the recovery from the crisis. Such a recovery should allow the industries to focus on rebuilding a solid and sustainable industrial base and reinforcing the long-term competitiveness of the European industries.
Euralarm supports the Orgalim and partners request which is divided into three parts:
A complete overview of the request to review the prioritisation can be found here.
Cybersecurity. Companies tumble around each other for attention when it comes to digital security and protection against cybercrime. Cybersecurity is also a top priority within the European Community. Around this topic, a network of organisations, institutions and companies has been formed that deal with the subject from different angles. Together with CoESS Euralarm published a brochure on the threats and possibilities of cybersecurity. Orgalim is emerging from the industrial business world. We spoke to Orgalim’s Christoph Luykx, Policy Director who is, among other things, responsible for the subject of cybersecurity.
In a politically exciting year with European Parliament elections in May and a new College of Commissioners in the autumn, Orgalim started 2019 with an updated name and brand identity.
"From cybersecurity to standardisation, this collaboration helps us advocate the right policy framework for the future."
"WAGNER decided to permanently engage in Euralarm’s activities with special respect to matters of fire safety, contributing to reduce trade barriers and to enhance competitiveness and harmonisation of the European market."
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