Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Commissioner Věra Jourová has given a speech to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs regarding the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) decision on Safe Harbor. In the speech,  the Commissioner confirmed that the Commission’s immediate priorities are 1) reassuring citizens that their personal data will be protected when transferred outside of the EU, 2) ensuring clarity for businesses on the legitimate mechanisms for EU-US data transfers and 3) working with national data protection authorities to ensure a co-ordinated approach across the EU. Ms Jourová confirmed that the Commission will soon be issuing an explanatory communication on the consequences of the Schrems decision and setting guidance for international data transfers. The Commissioner also confirmed that discussions with the US are ongoing and called on the Members of the Committee to engage with their US counterparts on this issue.

Transcript of the Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Commissioner’s Speech