Please join the Europe Center for a virtual public event “Beyond adequacy: What is the future for international data flows?” on Friday, July 7, at 11:30 a.m. ET.

The United States and European Union (EU) have made progress on securing the sustainability of transatlantic data flows by agreeing on the US-EU Data Privacy Framework (DPF). Pending an adequacy decision from the European Commission, a critical area of the transatlantic economy will achieve a much more secure footing. Yet, especially in the face of an anticipated judicial challenge to the DPF by data privacy advocates, the durability of the agreement will continue to be an open question.

Beyond the Atlantic, questions also remain around the future of a reliable global system of data flows. Competing and varying visions for international data transfer mechanisms have led to a web of complex international systems for data flows. The EU has led the way by crafting an exportable model of data flows that incorporates strict privacy protections, while a varying US approach of open data flows secured through trade agreements retains some support abroad.

What should the future for transatlantic and international data transfer mechanisms be? Can Washington and Brussels explore other ways of engagement on this issue, through the Trade and Technology Council or a digital trade agreement? Beyond the bilateral US-EU context, how can policymakers further develop other possible methods for cooperation including the OECD, Council of Europe, G7 Data Free Flow with Trust, and Global Cross Border Privacy Rules?

Two leading US and European officials will discuss with us the way forward for transatlantic and international data flow regimes. This conversation will also be an opportunity to present the new Europe Center issue brief More than Adequate: New Directions in International Data Transfer Governance.

The discussion will take place on Zoom and will be broadcast on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. To receive event information, please register using the form to the right. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to watch the event.


Lucrezia Busa
Member of Cabinet of European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders
European Commission

Steve Lang
Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Information and Communications Policy, Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy
US Department of State

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