Thursday, October 30, 2008

Updated BCR Guidelines

Updated guidelines on BCR (courtesy of Out-Law news) have been published the Art. 29 Working Party.

The European Union's data protection authorities have published amended guidance on how companies can legally share customer and staff personal data with parts of the firm located outside the European Union. The Article 29 Working Party, which consists of the data protection watchdogs of the EU member countries, has created a mechanism for transferring data within organisations but to countries to which it would usually be illegal to send personal information. U data protection laws restrict transfers of personal data to countries whose data protection regimes have not been judged by the European Commission to be adequate. The list of those countries deemed to offer adequate protection is very short. The Working Party created Binding Corporate Rules to allow companies to send data to other parts of the organisation in countries whose data protection regime has not been designated as adequate.

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