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Guidance underlines difficulty of transferring R&D data out of EU

Regulator says EU exporters of personal data, such as research data, must protect it

Guidance from the EU’s data watchdog on how companies and research organisations must protect citizens’ personal data when transferring it outside the bloc has underlined the difficulty of doing so, experts have warned, presaging long-term obstacles for research collaboration.

The draft guidance published by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) on 11 November was a response to a July ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU that invalidated Privacy Shield, a legal framework for simplifying data transfer between the EU and the United States.

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