On 12 November, the European Commission published draft standard contractual clauses for transfers of personal data from the European Union to third countries (“New SCCs“).

Once approved, the New SCCs will replace the previous standard contractual clauses which pre-date the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (“GDPR“). The draft New SCCs are open to consultation until 10 December 2020. It is expected that they will be adopted by the European Commission at the beginning of 2021.

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