On May 8, 2008, following consultation with the European data protection supervisory authorities, the European Commission published its decision recognizing the Bailiwick of Jersey as providing an “adequate level of data protection”. This means that personal data can freely be transferred from the European Union to Jersey. Jersey is a Crown dependency with independent status; as such, it is not part of the European Union and thus considered as a third country under the EU Data Protection Directive.

The Commission’s full press release is available at:

http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/fsj/privacy/news/docs/pr_08_05_08_en.pdf.