March 2016

Boulder Associate Chris Achatz was quoted March 14 by Law Week Colorado concerning the preliminary text of the Privacy Shield, recently released by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission. While there are still many hurdles to pass before this agreement between the U.S. and European Union becomes law, it is a first step in terms of guidance for U.S. companies handling Europeans’ personal information. Achatz said it is unclear how quickly the EC might move in adopting the Privacy Shield or making revisions. “Some people don’t want to wait to find out if this Privacy Shield is going to work for them, or what it is going to look like, or how it is going to be enforced,” Achatz said. “So those clients may look to the certainty of model contract clauses, which have been around for many years, and they already know what they look like and how they’re enforced. It’s a quick solution if there’s too much uncertainty in the other options.”