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Europe under Review: part 6 of 8 — international transfers

By Simon Elliott

This week in our series of ‘back to privacy basics’, we look at the issue of international transfers of personal data.

Given the harmonised approach to data protection laws across Europe, transfers with the member states of the European Union (plus Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland — making up the rest of the European Economic Area) are not generally restricted. However, organisations are prevented from transferring personal data outside the EEA unless an adequate level of protection is assured for the personal data, or one of a number of derogations from the rule applies.

There are a number of grounds on which organisations can demonstrate that adequate protection is provided…

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