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More protection in EU data transmission tools: Justice Chief



(Reuters) – The European Commission will on Friday adopt renewed data transfer tools with more legal and privacy protections that allow companies to transfer Europeans' data securely around the world, the EU's chief justice said on Wednesday.

Standard agreement clauses came into the limelight after Europe's Supreme Court ordered privacy dogs in July last year to suspend or ban transmissions via SCCs outside the EU if data protection in other countries could not be guaranteed.

SCCs are used by thousands of companies to transmit information about services ranging from cloud infrastructure, data hosting, payroll and finance to marketing.

"We have incorporated certain elements of transparency, accountability in full compliance with the GDPR," Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders told reporters, referring to the EU landmark for privacy rules 201

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He said companies can try to protect personal data from to be accessed by governments of this third country by encrypting data or processing it in such a way that it cannot be attributed to a specific individual without the use of additional information.

"It is the task of companies to see if they only use SCCS or add additional protections such as encryption and pseudonymous personal data," said Commissioner Reynders.

The court also threw out a four-year-old transatlantic data transmission tool called the Privacy Shield due to concerns over US surveillance.

The EU and the US are now in talks to resolve the legal limbo facing thousands of companies, which does not end with the separate agreement on SCCs.

Commissioner Reynders said that an agreement must confirm the enforcement of an individual's rights, giving Europeans the administrative right to a US court for data breach.

He said the goal was to avoid "Schrems III."

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrem's campaign on the risk of US intelligence ssing information about Europeans in a long-running dispute with Facebook led to the European Supreme Court beating both Privacy Shield 2016 and its predecessor Safe Harbor 2015.

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