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    Update EU-US Privacy Shield: How to look at it from a business perspective?

    On 12 July 2016 the European Commission adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield, with immediate effect. The press release on and full text of the decision are available on this webpage. The Privacy Shield is a new framework for transatlantic data flows, which replaces the invalidated Safe Harbor mechanism.

    Purpose of the new framework is to ensure the protection of the fundamental rights of European citizens where their data are transferred to the US, and at the same time it should provide legal certainty for businesses. The US Department of Commerce also published a guidance on how organizations can join the Privacy Shield, and will begin accepting self-certifications from 1 August 2016. The Van Doorne Privacy Team has published an update with further information and with advice for businesses.

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    Elisabeth Thole

    Partner, Lawyer

    Elisabeth leads the Van Doorne Privacy Team. She is also a member of the Van Doorne Cyber Security Team.

    Özer Zivali


    Özer is a member of the Privacy Team and is specialized in privacy, data protection, data technologies and (cyber) security. He has extensive experience in effectively assisting multinationals in complex, high risk, and cross-border data related matters. This includes high impact data breaches, the development and implementation of innovative data technologies, enforcement by authorities and complex data sharing structures, and strategic advice on translating the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to the business needs of clients. Özer has also extensive experience in advising companies on other data protection related matters, such as negotiating data processing or other data protection related agreements, loyalty programs, profiling, compliance projects for customer and employee data, apps, web shops, and international transfers of personal data, including Binding Corporate Rules. Özer also has experience in IT contracting and outsourcing.

    Vonne Laan


    Vonne is as a lawyer part of the Van Doorne Privacy Team. Next to that, she is also a member of the Blockchain Team of Van Doorne. Vonne focuses on all privacy related matters, both compliance and contentious matters. These matters include: impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data breach notification duties, transfer of personal data, privacy and cookie statements, data processing agreements, the role of the works council, whistleblowing schemes, screening and monitoring, and direct marketing campaigns. Privacy topics that have her special interest are: privacy at the workplace, direct marketing, cookies and privacy in the healthcare industry.