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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Data transfers - Legal and Practical Implications of Cross-Border Data Flows

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Online - Zoom

This webinar was organised by the CCLS DL Alumni TMT Chapter Committee.

The recording is now available on Queen Mary YouTube Channel.

Discussion Topic: Data transfers - Legal and Practical Implications of Cross-Border Data Flows


Debbie Evans, Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Information Governance Privacy and Security Practice
Professor Anne Flanagan, BA. JD. LLM, Professor of Communications Law, at QMUL Centre for Commercial Law Studies 


Valentina Torelli, LLM, Senior Associate at Grimaldi Alliance (CCLS QMUL Alumna)

Webinar Description:
In a hyper-connected world, which strongly relies on digital interactions, sharing information and data, including personal data, can be a basic requirement. Indeed, personal data flows may occur in the form of cross-border transfers from one jurisdiction to another, given reasons of cost-efficiency, or third-party technical capabilities and expertise, or the global dimension of undertakings.
These practical preferences, at times necessities, may lead to outsource the processing of personal data outside the legal framework where such data are usually protected according to accepted standards.

Both the very same GDPR and the UK GDPR are directed to provide rules for not only the protection but also the free movement of personal data, detailing the grounds and measures which allow for lawful and safe international data transfers. 

Against this background, in recent times we have witnessed a series of events revolving on the matter of data transfers in several jurisdictions around the globe. In the EU, we have come to be familiar with the European Commission's adequacy decision for safe EU-US data flows under the Data Privacy Framework, following the latest chapter of the Schrems saga which had determined the invalidation of the Privacy Shield before the Court of Justice of the European Union. In China the Cyberspace Administration of China has recently revised cross-border data transfer rules, while almost at the same time, in the US, President Biden's has issued an executive order to protect Americans' sensitive personal data, also in the course of data sharing for consumer, economic, scientific and trade relationships.

It is, therefore, no wonder that data transfers, in the shape of cross border data flows, have taken central stage in economic, societal and political remits, aiming at the protection of individuals' personal information. The complexity of such a goal certainly calls for a careful and thorough assessment of all principles and requirements to comply with the applicable rules to ensure safe and secure data transfers. 

Accordingly, in this webinar, the CCLS DL Alumni TMT Chapter will deliver an overview of legal and practical issues surrounding data transfers from the EU and UK perspectives

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