To what must attention be paid when transferring data to the USA and other foreign countries? Data transfers to the USA can no longer be based on the so-called Safe Harbor Framework. The ECJ decided this in the fall of 2015. It is necessary to rely on alternatives since then: standard contract clauses or the privacy shield which took effect in July.
The revised Bitkom guideline on "transmission of personal data – German, EU States, foreign countries" now provides orientation and more security in the case of data transfers to the USA and other foreign countries. The work, for which the Berlin GvW partner Arnd Böken was also involved as the only attorney, provides an outlook for the new Data Protection Basic Regulation [Datenschutz-Grundverordnung] which will take effect in May 2018. The guideline can be downloaded here free of charge.
The Bitkom guideline is a further important publication on the subject of data protection in 2016 in which GvW attorneys were involved. The VDMA (association of German machinery and plant construction [Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.] had already published the guideline on data protection for industry 4.0 which was authorized by the GvW partner and practice group head IT and data protection Stephan Menzemer (more).
Data protection is also especially the subject of the lecture series "Update IT law 2017" of Amadeus Fire which will start with the event on 24 January in Berlin. Our IT and data protection experts will bring you up to speed on the most recent status using practical cases from the daily work for clients in a total of ten German cities.
The GvW IT and data protection practice received numerous awards in 2016. After the editors of JUVE recognized the team for the greatest development (more), awards were made by Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 Deutschland, Chambers Europe and most recently also kanzleimonitor.de and in the current study of the German Association of In‑house Lawyers [Bundesverbandes der Unternehmensjuristen] (more).