Date of this Version

October 1998

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Forder, Jay. “Avoiding the clash of the Titans: Contractual compliance with EU privacy protection requirements", CCH Law and Technology, Issue 9, Oct 1998, pp. 6-7.

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[Extract] We have mentioned the EU Privacy Directive in previous issues. It takes a strong stand in prohibiting the transfer of electronic data from EU member countries to countries that do not have "adequate" privacy protection’ for personal data? The provisions come into effect this month (October 1998).

Since the Directive was adopted in July 1995, commentators have speculated that it could disrupt the transfer of electronic data between the EU and countries such as the USA, Australia, Japan, and Canada. The Directive certainly reflects a major difference in approach between the European Union and other countries.

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) recently publicised an attempt to alleviate the concerns of individual businesses affected by this clash. This report outlines the context and summarises the ICC’s proposals.



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