A press release last week from the European Commission, descriptively entitled "Decision updating the standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors established in non-EU countries", announces last Friday's adoption by the Commission of its Decision, which addresses transfers to jurisdictions that are not recognised as offering an adequate level of data protection. The clauses in question are known as "controller to processor" clauses. According to the press release,
The "controller to processor" standard contractual clauses were approved by Commission Decision 2002/16/EC in order to provide companies with a tool which help them to comply with the obligation to ensure "adequate protection" for personal data when they transfer personal data to processors outside the EU/EEA.

Directive 95/46/EC lays down the legal framework for the processing of personal data in the European Union. With regard to international transfers of personal data to non EU/EEA countries, … Continue Reading ››
As the next General Election looms over the horizon, Datonomy would like to run a quick poll of its own:

Q1: What do Coronation Street's Vera Duckworth and James Bond have in common?
Q2: What – in spite of their political differences - do Labour, the Conservatives, the SNP and the Lib Dems all have in common?

Answer: Eagle- eyed Datonomists will spot the connection straight away. (1) Vera, aka, actress Liz Dawn, and former 007 Sean Connery have both been used by political parties (Labour and the SNP, respectively) for pre-recorded campaign messages, and in both cases the parties have got into hot water with the ICO for breaching data protection rules. (2) All the major political parties have now been on the receiving end of enforcement notices for breaching data protection rules in connection with electioneering campaigns.

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