With 2022 standing just behind the corner, it is thrilling to take a look back at significant developments that took place during this past year. Despite its several and severe challenges, 2021 did bring the approval of the EU Cloud CoC, accreditation of SCOPE Europe and remarkable growth to our ecosystem.
It has been incredible to witness the increasing impact of this project and our team is beyond eager to continue working for its constant evolution, which shall deliver further efficient solutions for the international privacy community. Make sure to scroll down to read our team's full end of the year's message. Another exciting event to look forward to in the coming year is the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, taking pace in Washington, DC, between 10 and 13 of April. SCOPE Europe will be making its way to the US to discuss the unique role and potential of codes of conduct within the international privacy landscape. Check below for further details on the session outline and registration.
Finally, to wrap up this edition (and the year!), we are happy to announce that the EU Cloud CoC list of adherent services keeps on growing and we now have both Extra-Horizon and Oracle onboard. To learn more about these important steps towards ample sectoral harmonization, check further down for the respective dedicated articles.
It is great to kick-off this edition by telling those who have not yet heard that T-Systems is now a member of the EU Cloud CoC. Further strengthening the Code's membership constellation, this valuable addition is another key step towards the optimization of GDPR implementation across the entire cloud sector.
And the good news do not stop there because Webex by Cisco just declared adherence to the EU Cloud CoC, becoming then the first collaboration platform to successfully demonstrate compliance to our Code. SCOPE Europe is also excited to announce that we will be taking part in the MyData-Trust GDPR Summit, in Brussels, on December 9. The session will promote an insightful discussion on the role and potential of codes of conduct in the privacy environment.
On a last note, to stay up to date in some of the main developments within the data protection world, make sure to scroll all the way down and check our monthly news selection.
We are happy to start this October edition by letting you know that SCOPE Europe was thrilled to join the "Maratona LGPD" and contribute to the discussion on the introduction of codes of conduct in the Brazilian data protection environment. The event was organized by the Brazilian National Bar Association (OAB) and promoted an insightful discussion on the topic, which we believe to be a highly constructive exercise to increase international alignment on data protection standards. Talking about codes of conduct, we are proud to once again partner up with the Instituet for Informationsteknologi (IFI) to discuss the role of these unique instruments and their ability to provide workable and robust compliance solutions. During the session, our monitoring team will give an interesting overview of the EU Cloud CoC and tackle some key topics such as the Code's adherence process and impacts for both providers and costumers. Click on the link below to find out more about this and stay tuned to follow more exciting events coming up very soon!
To kick-off our September edition, we are glad to shed light on the EDPB's public consultation regarding the adopted "Guidelines 04/2021 on codes of conduct as tools of transfers". SCOPE Europe firmly believes such consultations are essential to for the design and dissemination of workable tools to support GDPR implementation, especially in the context of the development of codes of conduct. SCOPE Europe took this opportunity to provide, in collaboration with the EU Cloud CoC General Assembly, comments on the Guidelines. Make sure to read the feedback below. Additionally, SCOPE Europe took part in highly interesting events in the past month, including the Bitkom Privacy Conference and a webinar hosted by Schellman to discuss the EU Cloud CoC. Follow the respective links below for further information and recordings.
In our August Edition, instead of looking back, we will be shifting our focus to upcoming events. September marks the end of the summer break and with every end comes a new beginning. At SCOPE Europe, this new beginning starts with our presence in two exciting and highly interesting events: First, we are thrilled to be part of the Swedish Webinar dedicated to the EU Cloud CoC, which will be taking place on September 6. Second, Bitkom's annual Privacy Conference opens its digital doors on September 27 and 28 and SCOPE Europe is happy to be joining fellow privacy experts to shed light on the unique potential of Codes of Conduct in the field of Pseudonomysation. For more information on the sessions and registration, check below.
Although we have reached the middle of the summer break, there is no reason to bury our heads in the sand. Innovation and progess in the field of data protection never takes a holiday, which is why we are happy to share with you a few of the latest activities by the European Data Protection Board and the European Commission:
The EDPB has adopted guidelines on codes of conduct as a tool for transfers. Shaping Europe's digital future, the European Commission published an open call, for interested stakeholders fulfilling the eligibility criteria set by the terms of reference, to join the European Alliance for Indutrial Data, Edge and Cloud. Of no less significance are the Standard Contractual Clauses for international transfers, published by the European Commission. Find out more below!
To keep you up to date with our recent participations, we are also excited to announce that SCOPE Europe joined the 34th Annual International Conference in July.
We are pleased to kick-off this June edition by letting you know that SCOPE Europe took part at the IAPP European Data Protection Intensive Online 2021 and elaborated, alongside a remarkable group of experts, on the whole process that led to the official approval of the EU Cloud CoC. Speaking of the approval, to keep you always up to date, we've created a news collection highlighting some of the media coverage around it, so make sure to follow that below.
Furthermore, we are thrilled to welcome Dropbox as a member of the Code's General Assembly, scroll down to check the dedicated press release. First, the EDPB has published its Recommendations on supplementary measures for third country data transferring tools and, secondly, the European Commission has adopted the highly anticipated adequacy decisions for the UK. Click on the links below to access both of these key publications!
This month's edition is simply beyond special. SCOPE Europe has become the first accredited monitoring body under the GDPR while the EU Cloud CoC is the first transnational code of conduct to be fully approved by the Belgian Data Protection Authority following the positive opinion of the EDPB. Thus, the EU Cloud CoC is currently the only legally effective transnational code of conduct for cloud services. We are thrilled to share today the recordings of the EU Cloud Compliance Summit, which took place on May 20 and gathered key stakeholders to discuss and celebrate this unique achievement. Our team would like to dedicate this piece to all those who have significantly contributed to this journey. We are proud to work alongside a remarkable group of professionals that together holds unparalleled expertise and we very much look forward to the next chapters.
This month we have to again thank Paul Breitbarth(Director of EU Operations & Strategy at TrustArc + Nymity) and Rebekka Weiß (Head of Trust & Security at Bitkom) for providing us with enlightening insights on how to practically design and implement an efficient compliance mechanism for international data transfers post Schrems II. If you're interested in these experts' discussion, we highly recommend watching the replay of the webinar! For all those who liked the webinar and want to gain additionally Know-How in the field of Codes of Conduct and especially of the EU Cloud CoC it's a must to hear Trust Arc's Serious Privacy Podcast.
Last but not least, it's your opportunity to join the team of our German colleagues at the SRIW e.V.
In case you haven't heard, the second episode of our Webinar Series will take place on March 31st! This time co-hosted by TrustArc and with the participation of Bitkom, we will be discussing about how Codes of Conduct have the unique potential to safeguard GDPR compliance and mitigate risks by putting forward efficient management systems for third country data transfers. We would also like to thank OneTrust for inviting us to actively participate in the next PrivacyConnect chapter meeting.
Finally, to help you staying up to date with the latest developments in the world of data protection, we have made a selection of some key news we believe one should not miss!
We are beyond pleased to share with you our upcoming Webinar Series on Codes of Conduct! Taking place every last Wednesday of the month, we will have our kick-off episode, co-hosted by K&L Gates, on the 24th of February at 5 PM (CET). Register here and make sure you follow an experts’ discussion on international data transferring post-Schrems II and on the unique potential of our Third Country Transfer Module within the current scenario. Additionally, SCOPE Europe will once again be holding a presentation at the Cyber Security Act Forum on “European’s regulatory cloud framework: How initiatives like the EU Cloud CoC and Gaia-X help linking loose ends”. Find all about this and our ongoing engagements and projects below!
We hope you had a great start into 2021! Starting this year with wonderful news, SCOPE Europe has welcomed new additions to the team. The SRIW has also grown and is delighted to welcome Microsoft and Fabasoft as new members. Furthermore, the SRIW took part at the virtual GAIA-X summit, hosted by the Cloud Expo Europe Frankfurt. You can read more about the summit below. All might be aware, it will be the year of the approval of the EU Cloud CoC. It is really important to us to keep you informed and answer all of your questions. So take a look at our FAQs and find out more about the EU Cloud CoC.