In response to a complaint by the Austrian data rights activist Max Schrems, the Court of Justice of the European Union declared the EU-USA data protection agreement “Privacy Shield” invalid on 16 July 2020. This means that the second agreement on the protection of personal data of EU citizens in the USA has already failed after the “Safe Harbour” agreement was stopped about five years ago. But what does this mean for companies?
Anyone who has processed data solely on the basis of the Privacy Shield must switch to standard contractual clauses – otherwise there is a risk of data chaos and legal uncertainty, complains the German industry association BITKOM. The German Federal Association of IT Users VOICE (German only), which represents CIOs in Germany, states that it is illegal to transfer personal data to the USA on the basis of the Privacy Shield. The association also points out that even standard contract clauses are now legally controversial. But how are European companies supposed to guarantee the transfer of personal data to the USA, which is sometimes necessary for their existence, or to protect themselves against an outflow of data to the USA?
And what does this actually mean for the use of Retarus’ Enterprise Cloud Services?
Reliable answers instead of disconcerting questions
for Retarus customers in the EU, all data within the scope of the e-mail, fax, EDI and SMS services is processed exclusively in European data centers.
our services comply with all European data protection guidelines.
we do not use American or Asian hyperscalers within the scope of our services.
Retarus is not a subsidiary of a US company and is not subject to any form of control by a US company.
Retarus is an independent, family-owned company with headquarters in Munich and branches throughout Europe and many international markets.
we have extensive experience in migrating large companies with highly sensitive data to our Enterprise Level Communication platform, quickly and cost-effectively.
Quickly find out which providers transmit data to the USA on the basis of the Privacy Shield by simply searching the Privacy Shield List of the US Department of Commerce.
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