COMPANIES sending personal data to countries outside the European

Union will be able to ensure their legal compliance with the EU's data protection directive by incorporating a set of new standard clauses in their contracts under proposals announced by the European Commission.

While use of the clauses is voluntary, their inclusion will serve as a guarantee of "adequate protection" of privacy and prevent national authorities from blocking the data flows.

The Commission says the clauses will not be needed for contracts ...

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