International Transfers of Health Research Data Following Schrems II: A Problem in Need of a Solution

32 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2020 Last revised: 9 Nov 2020

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Dara Hallinan

FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure

Alexander Bernier

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Anne Cambon-Thomsen

University of Toulouse 3, Paul Sabatier University; CNRS; French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)

Francis P. Crawley

Good Clinical Practice Alliance - Europe (GCPA); Strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review (SIDCER)

Diana Dimitrova

FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz-Institut für Informationsinfrastruktur

Claudia Bauzer Medeiros

University of Campinas - Unicamp

Gustav Nilsonne

Karolinska Institutet

Simon Parker

Cancer Research UK

Brian Pickering

University of Southampton - School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS); British Psychological Society (BPS); British Computer Society

Stéphanie Rennes

University of Strasbourg

Date Written: September 7, 2020

Abstract

On July 16th, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a landmark decision in the case of Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Ltd, Maximillian Schrems (Schrems II) concerning the legality of Facebook’s transfers of personal data from the EU to the US. The decision has potentially significant effects on the ability of researchers to legitimately transfer personal data for health research purposes from countries inside the EU, to third countries outside the EU. This article aims:

i) to outline the consequences of the Schrems II decision for the legitimate sharing of personal data for health research between the EU and third countries, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic; and, in light of this elaboration,

ii) to consider the avenues that might be pursued to remedy challenges posed by the decision and to facilitate international data exchange for health research moving forward.

Keywords: EU Law, General Data Protection Regulation, Schrems II, Adequacy, Third Country Transfers, Health Research

Suggested Citation

Hallinan, Dara and Bernier, Alexander and Cambon-Thomsen, Anne and Crawley, Francis P. and Dimitrova, Diana and Medeiros, Claudia and Nilsonne, Gustav and Parker, Simon and Pickering, Brian and Rennes, Stéphanie, International Transfers of Health Research Data Following Schrems II: A Problem in Need of a Solution (September 7, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3688392 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3688392

Dara Hallinan (Contact Author)

FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure ( email )

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, 76344
Germany

Alexander Bernier

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Anne Cambon-Thomsen

University of Toulouse 3, Paul Sabatier University ( email )

118 Route de Narbonne
Toulouse cedex 9, F-31062
France

CNRS ( email )

Toulouse
France

French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) ( email )

France

Francis P. Crawley

Good Clinical Practice Alliance - Europe (GCPA) ( email )

Leuven, 3010
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://www.gcpalliance.org

Strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review (SIDCER) ( email )

Leuven, 3010
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://www.gcpalliance.org

Diana Dimitrova

FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz-Institut für Informationsinfrastruktur ( email )

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, 76344
Germany

Claudia Medeiros

University of Campinas - Unicamp ( email )

Cidade Universitária Zeferino Vaz - Barão
Geraldo
Campinas - SP, 13083-970
Brazil

HOME PAGE: http://www.ic.unicamp.br/~cmbm

Gustav Nilsonne

Karolinska Institutet ( email )

Granits väg 4
Solna, Stockholm 17171
Sweden

Simon Parker

Cancer Research UK ( email )

2 Redman Place
London, E20 1JQ
United Kingdom
E20 1JQ (Fax)

Brian Pickering

University of Southampton - School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) ( email )

University Road
Southampton
United Kingdom

British Psychological Society (BPS) ( email )

Leicester
United Kingdom

British Computer Society ( email )

First Floor, Block D
North Star House, North Star Avenue
Swindon
United Kingdom

Stéphanie Rennes

University of Strasbourg ( email )

61, avenue de la foret noire
Strasbourg, Alsace 3000
France

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