EU: Explanatory Document on Binding Coporate Rules for Processors

On 19 April 2013, the European data protection authorities, assembled in the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), have adopted an Explanatory Document on Binding Corporate Rules for Processors (Processor BCR) in order to further explain the principles and elements to be found in Processor BCR set out in the Working Document 02/2012 (WP195) adopted on 6 June 2012.

Function of Processor BCR

Launched on 1 January 2013, BCR for processors are internal codes of conduct regarding data privacy and security, to ensure that transfers of personal data outside the European Union by a processor, who acts on behalf of his clients and under their instructions, will take place in accordance with the EU rules on data protection.

Therefore, Processor BCR shall be understood as adequate safeguards provided by a processor to a controller, in order to allow the latter to demonstrate to data protection authorities adequate protection and obtain, where required by national laws, the necessary authorisation for transfers of their personal data to the different entities of their processors (for example subprocessors and data centres).

Contents of Processor BCR

The explanatory document adopted on 19 April 2013 is aimed at providing further guidance to companies on what shall be contained in Processor BCR, further to the table checklist adopted by the Working Party in June 2012 (WP195).

Processor organisations that wish to implement BCR for processors within their group shall apply with their lead DPA through the standard application form adopted on 17 September 2012. The application procedure is the same as the one for BCR for controllers, which means it is based on a process with a lead DPA and a system of mutual recognition involving a substantial number of European DPAs.


Press Release of 29 April 2013 by Article 29 Data Protection Working Party

WP204 of 19 April 2013: Explanatory Document on the Processor Binding Corporate Rules

WP195a of 17 September 2012: Recommendation 1/2012 on the Standard Application form for Approval of Binding Corporate Rules for the Transfer of Personal Data for Processing Activities (directly linked to from press release of 29 April 2013)

WP194 of 6 June 2012: Working Document on 02/2012 setting up a table with the elements and principles to be found in Processor Binding Corporate Rules


Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt vom 27.05.2013 16:04

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