On May 25, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ended its second full year in effect. To mark the occasion, the International Association of Privacy Professionals collected expert perspectives on the impact and future of the GDPR, including an essay by Alston & Bird Senior Counsel Peter Swire. In his contribution, Swire highlights the risks that EU court decisions interpreting the GDPR may pose to transfers of data out of the European Union. With standard data transfer mechanisms under attack, EU courts face a critical moment in deciding how to interpret rules restricting transfers of personal information from the European Union. In the essay, Swire warns of “significant consequences for commerce” unless EU courts adopt a thoughtful approach to these challenges.
All essays, including Peter Swire’s contribution, are available from the IAPP.