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September 9, 2016

09 September 2016

Evaluating the Dwindling Privacy Shield Grace Period

Now that we are into September, you may be hearing more about the Privacy Shield for transfers of personal data from the EU to the U.S., and in particular the 9 month “grace period” to fully implement the Privacy Shield for companies that certify within the first two months that the Privacy Shield is available for certification.   The Department of Commerce began accepting certifications on August 1, 2016, and so the opportunity to take advantage of the grace period closes on September 30, 2016.  This grace period does not, however, absolve companies of the responsibility to implement Privacy Shield principles and substantive obligations upon certification.  Rather, it permits companies nine months from the date they certify to the Privacy Shield to negotiate amendments to their third party contracts with all vendors or other business partners that receive personal data from the certifying company.

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