Brussels partner Paul Van den Bulck was quoted in Law360’s article “EU
Regulators Gain Leverage to Curtail US Data Transfers” on Sept. 23. The
article discusses the impacts of striking down the safe harbor agreement that
was established to regulate the way U.S. companies transfer personal data of
European citizens. If struck down, the article states, companies similar to
Facebook and Google would be scrutinized by international privacy regulators.
In quoted material, Van den Bulck says, “The opinion is a clear message to
national data protection authorities they have some authority concerning the
control of safe harbor. So, if I’m a data protection authority, even though the
court has not rendered its decision, I know I have liability and have to do
In closing, the article advocates for companies to start devising a back-up
plan to share data should the safe harbor agreement no longer remain in effect.