SIIA Calls for a Restoration of Transatlantic Trust

For Immediate Release
SIIA Communications Contact: Kirsten Ballard, Marketing Director

SIIA Calls for a Restoration of Transatlantic Trust

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 14, 2021) – Today, the Irish High Court issued its ruling on the process followed by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC) regarding a provisional order with respect to data transfers by Facebook to the United States. As the IDPC moves forward with its process, we urge EU and US policymakers to forge a path for the restoration of trust on transatlantic data flows.

SIIA’s President and CEO, Jeff Joseph, notes: “The ruling today marks the next chapter for how the U.S. and EU can continue to work together as trusted partners and allies for the world’s largest trading relationship. Potential disruptions to the reasonable and secure flow of data, which is the indispensable circulatory system of healthy transatlantic commerce, serves no one. Not consumers. Not industry. Not our economies.

SIIA’s members rely on the power of data to fuel critical and necessary services, including those that prevent financial crimes and help our children and students to successfully transition to education from home. When this data involves a transatlantic transfer, our members are committed to following the rules and implementing reasonable and appropriate safeguards.

As the IDPC moves forward, we urge the European Commission and U.S. Government to negotiate and finalize a reasonable and clear resolution to the issues raised by the Schrems II ruling last July. Companies and consumers, in both the U.S. and the EU, are looking to our leaders to establish fair and lasting mechanisms that safeguard privacy while allowing innovation and critical services. Let’s tackle the problems ahead with a restored trust between our allied democracies and find a principles-based approach for our ever-evolving digital landscape.”

About Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
SIIA is the only professional organization connecting more than 700 data, financial information, education technology, specialized content and publishing, and health technology companies. Our diverse members manage the global financial markets, develop software that solves today’s challenges through technology, provide critical information that helps inform global businesses large and small, and innovate for better health care and personal wellness outcomes.

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