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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo on the European Union-U.S. Data Privacy Framework


Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo issued the following statement regarding the European Union-U.S. Data Privacy Framework:

“Today, the United States has fulfilled its commitments for implementing the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework (EU-U.S. DPF) announced by President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in March 2022. This represents the culmination of months of significant collaboration between the United States and the EU and reflects our shared commitment to facilitating data flows between our respective jurisdictions while protecting individual rights and personal data.

On June 30, Attorney General Merrick Garland designated the EU and the three additional countries making up the European Economic Area (EEA) as ‘qualifying states’ for purposes of implementing the redress mechanism established under Executive Order (EO) 14086 on Enhancing Safeguards for United States Signals Intelligence Activities. The designation will become effective upon the adoption of an adequacy decision by the EU for the EU-U.S. DPF. Today, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) confirmed that the U.S. Intelligence Community has adopted its policies and procedures pursuant to EO 14086.

Taken together, the strengthened safeguards for signals intelligence activities established in EO 14086, designation of the EU/EEA as qualifying states by the Attorney General, the adoption of the Intelligence Community’s implementing procedures, and the updated EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework Principles will enable the EU to move forward with adoption of an adequacy decision for the EU-U.S. DPF.”