Third Country Transfer, now under heightened scrutiny due to geopolitical tensions and increased concern for personal data, originally stemmed from debates about sharing European citizens' data with non-European authorities/governments without proper safeguards.
Presently, discussions about cross-border transfer collide with the growing need of digitization and cloud-first strategies. These discussions oversimplify complicated situations and expand the scope to more use cases due to legal uncertainty.
SRIW’s publication deals with the necessity of bringing these discussions to operationalizable solutions and the requirements for such.
“It can be noted that the industry is already working on its own solutions.”
Solution-oriented initiatives from the industry exist, seeking for support and cooperation with authorities. One of them is the Third Country Initiative of the General Assembly of the EU Cloud Code of Conduct ("EU Cloud CoC" or "Code"). The EU Cloud CoC is a Code of Conduct managed by our subsidiary SCOPE Europe, which covers the requirements of the GDPR regarding cloud services and was approved by the Belgian data protection authority in May 2021 after a positive opinion of the EDPB23). The General Assembly of the EU Cloud CoC is currently working on a draft of an effective but accessible safeguard for Third Country Transfers by means of a separate on-top module to the Code.
Read the full publication here: “Third Country Transfers - Potentials and Level Playing Field for Codes of Conduct”.