On 28 July 2020, John Whelan (Head of Commercial Technology at ALG) spoke alongside privacy activist Max Schrems, at the 'CJEU Privacy Ruling Explained' event, hosted by the European American Chamber of Commerce in New York.
The long-awaited judgment in the Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland & Maximillian Schrems (Case C-311/18) (Schrems II) was delivered on 16 July 2020 by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). This defining case promises to determine the future of international data transfers.
Angelo Stio (Troutman Pepper, LLP) and Tom Zych, (Thompson Hine LLP) also joined John Whelan and Max Schrems on the panel for this event. They explained the decision by the European Court of Justice, the implications for organisations going forward and what businesses need to know following the ruling.
The panel discussed how the new ruling will affect transatlantic data exchange, the differences between EU and US privacy laws, the ability of private citizens to have privacy rights enforced in a global market place and how the CJEU's decision in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner may change how business is conducted between the US and Europe.