What Is Equivalent? A Probe into GDPR Adequacy Based on EU Fundamental Rights

Jusletter IT, 21 February 2019

8 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2020

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Laura Drechsler

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

Date Written: February 21, 2019


In July 2018, the European Parliament questioned the validity of the Privacy Shield, regulating the transfer of personal data to the United States (US). This event shows a persistent lack of clarity regarding the conditions a third country needs to fulfil to be considered adequate from the perspective of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This paper tries to clarify these conditions by analysing the standard of equivalence that was put forward by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the Schrems case and Opinion 1/15 together with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (CFR) and the new provisions on data transfers by the GDPR. Applying the results of this analysis back on the Privacy Shield and the Draft Japan adequacy decision demonstrates that an analysis for adequacy firmly grounded in the CFR is still not being done in practice.

Keywords: Adequacy, Fundamental Rights, Data Protection, Privacy Shield, Japan Adequacy, GDPR

Suggested Citation

Drechsler, Laura, What Is Equivalent? A Probe into GDPR Adequacy Based on EU Fundamental Rights (February 21, 2019). Jusletter IT, 21 February 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3549252

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KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )

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Leuven, 3000

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