Europe Closes the Door for Data Transfers to the US

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Virtual

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The Impact of the Latest EU Court Decision on Your International Business

US companies doing business in Europe are highly dependent on free data flow from Europe to the US. This does not only apply to data-heavy Silicon Valley businesses but to nearly every industry having European customers, B2B or B2C.

The so-called “Schrems II” decision of the European Court of Justice on July 16 has once again created a critical situation of uncertainty. It has invalidated the ‘Privacy Shield’ and sets very high burdens on the use of ‘Standard Contractual Clauses’, which together are the most important safeguards for privacy-compliant data transfers from the EU to the US.

Our panel with data privacy experts from the US and Europe will provide an overview of what this decision means for your company and what immediate action, mid-term fix and long-term strategy is advisable. Join our business-driven discussion with international privacy counsels and experienced in-house practitioners.


Our Distinguished Panelists


Dr. Kai Westerwelle

Bird & Bird

Kai is a German Certified Specialist Attorney for Information Technology with more than 25 years of experience in Germany and the US advising international companies on privacy, IT transactions, international business and international expansion. Kai lectures privacy at universities in Germany and the US. He is the Chair of the Special Interest Group DATA of the German American Business Association and a member of the Board of Advisors of the International Privacy + Security Forum.


Lydia De La Torre

Of Counsel
Squire Patton Boggs

Lydia’s work at Squire Patton Boggs and with organizations has run the gamut, from pre-IPO start-ups to mature Fortune 500 companies, in a multitude of industries, including e-commerce, fintech and computer hardware. She provides strategic privacy compliance advice related to US and EU privacy, including data protection and cybersecurity law.

Alisa Bergman

Chief Privacy Officer

Alisa Bergman is the Chief Privacy Officer at Adobe Systems Inc. where she leads the Privacy Trust & Safety team. She has been a senior executive, global Chief Privacy Officer and law firm partner over the last 20 years. She has deep experience in privacy, data governance, as well as regulatory and public policy matters. Prior to joining Adobe, she was Senior Vice President & Chief Privacy Office at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Alisa is a Board Member of the IAPP.


Lara Bliesner

Senior Counsel

Lara is the Senior Counsel Data Protection and Privacy at Arm Ltd., a UK based international semiconductor and software design company and the world’s leading technology provider of silicon IP and custom SoCs. Lara specializes in cloud computing, commercial transactions, SaaS and compliance, in particular international data privacy and security. She is a regular speaker on Block Chain, US and EU data protection and global trends.