However, the priority remains securing a new agreement on how the US must adapt its regulations for the protection of personal data and system for legal redress in order to meet the EU’s standards. The so-called Article 29 Working Party, which unites the EU’s national privacy regulators, said shortly after the EU Court ruling that a new agreement should be in place within three months, or its members would start enforcing the court ruling as part of their obligations under the EU Data Protection Directive.
EC Vice-President Andrus Ansip, responsible for the Digital Single Market, said the Commission was committed to taking “swift action”, as directed by the Article 29 group. “Today we provide clear guidelines and we commit to a clear timeframe to conclude current negotiations,” he said. “The EU and the US are each other’s most important trading partners. Data flows between our continents are essential for people and businesses.” Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova added that EC representatives will be back in Washington next week to continue negotiations with the US.