Brookings – Transatlantic data flows: What’s next after the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield?






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Screenshot of an upcoming Brookings event, entitled "Transatlantic data flows: Whats next after the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield?" Red text on a white background. CDT's Sharon Bradford Franklin is a speaker.

Friday, Jul 23, 2021
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

As digitization increasingly shapes the scope of U.S. international trade, regulations and policies regarding cross-border data transfers carry significant economic implications. Yet—as the recent invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) demonstrates—trade, economic competitiveness, and free flows of data can come into tension with privacy and security protections. As the European Commission and European Data Protection Board apply the CJEU’s decision to alternative mechanisms for data transfers, countries around the world are working to update their data protection frameworks with eyes toward the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. Meanwhile, the European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce are discussing a new framework to replace the Privacy Shield and ways to protect the privacy and security of personal information while deriving the economic and societal benefits of cross-border data flows.

On July 23, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings will host a webinar to discuss issues of cross-border data transfers and data localization in the context of ongoing negotiations to replace the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.

Viewers can submit questions via email to [email protected] or via Twitter at @BrookingsGov or with the hashtag #ThePrivacyDebate.


  • The Hon. Suzan DelBene
    Member – U.S. House of Representatives


    Steven Overly
    Reporter – POLITICO
  • Barbara Cosgrove
    Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer – Workday
  • Sharon Bradford Franklin
    Co-Director, Security and Surveillance Project – Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Cameron Kerry
    Ann R. and Andrew H. Tisch Distinguished Visiting Fellow – The Brookings Institution
  • Peter Swire
    Elizabeth and Thomas Holder Chair, Professor – Georgia Tech