The EU is currently finalizing the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR constitutes a review of the EU’s previous data protection legislation adopted in 1995, the Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. The text of the Directive 95/46/EC can be found here: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:31995L0046&from=EN
Important note: The GDPR while formally adopted will only apply two years after official publication, sometime in early 2018.
For general inquiries about EU data privacy legislation, please send an email to: email@example.com.
U.S.-EU Safe Harbor / EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
On February 2, 2016, the Department of Commerce and the European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice concluded the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a new framework that companies will be able to use for commercial data transfers from the European Union to the United States. The need for this agreement was necessitated by a recent European Court of Justice that adversely impacted the ability of companies to use the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework for commercial data transfers.
This agreement will need to be validated by the EU through a number of procedural steps that will include the Member States before taking effect.
For information about the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework, please consult the following website: http://export.gov/safeharbor/eg_main_018244.asp