Jun 27 2016

Navigating the EU-US Privacy Shield and the General Data Protection Regulation – Latest on What US Associations Need to Know


The past months have seen two key developments in the field of data privacy in Europe which are set to a have a significant impact on Associations operating in both the US and Europe that handle personal data; the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and the General Data Protection Regulation.



The EU-US Privacy Shield Framework, while still at a drafting stage compared to the now defunct Safe Harbour Framework, and the new EU General Data Protection Regulation, a 200-page piece of legislation that will come into effect in 2018, introduce stronger obligations and Increased fines for breaches.

The recent vote in Britain to leave the EU does not diminish the importance of these issues as there will be a mandatory two year minimum period in which the UK remains a member of the EU while an exit is negotiated. During this time all existing legislation (including GDPR) will continue as before.


MCI Brussels and Globalaw, a leading global legal network of 110 firms with over 4,500 lawyers in over 165 cities, will host a LIVE webinar on Tuesday, 12 July at 1000 am EDT.   

Essential information on the key changes expected in privacy rules, the repercussions of the GDPR, the costs of non-compliance and how Associations operating in both the US and Europe can best adapt in this transitional phase will be discussed by a panel of legal experts from the US and EU.

Featured Speakers

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Karin McGinnis, Attorney, Member, Moore & Van Allen, PLLC,  USA


Susanne Klein LL.M., Rechtsanwältin (Lawyer), GÖHMANN Rechtsanwälte, Germany



Dr. Benno Barnitzke, Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer), GÖHMANN Rechtsanwälte, Germany

 Key Topics to be addressed:

  1. Setting the scene: the Privacy Shield and the GDPR

  2. US and European Perspectives on the Schrems Case   (The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued the final ruling in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (Case C-362/14) on October 6, 2015. The Court invalidated the Safe Harbor arrangement, which governs data transfers between the EU and the US.)

  3. Transatlantic Data Transfers: Challenges and Alternative Tools to Safe Harbour

  4. The General Data Protection Regulation: the Issue of Consent

  5. Looking Ahead: Practical Steps for US Associations

Time will be reserved for questions.

To Register for the July 12 LIVE Webinar

Register now for this important session while seats last from the Globalaw website!   Follow this link to register.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


About the author

Peter Turner

As MCI's Senior Advisor, Global Development Strategy, I help associations build and execute global growth strategies. Over the past 30 years I have served three associations (ASAE, MPI and IEEE Computer Society) as a leader of business, product and partnership development.

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