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EU Model Contract Clauses
Contract provisions for complying with the EU Data Protection Directive.
In 2010, the European Commission approved model contract clauses as a means of complying with the requirements of the EU Data Protection Directive. The effect of this decision is that, by incorporating certain provisions into a contract, personal data can flow in a compliant way from those subject to the Directive to cloud (and other) providers outside the EU or the European Economic Area ("EEA"). By adopting EU model contract clauses, providers outside the EU or the EEA can offer their customers an option for complying with the Directive.
As of December 16, 2015, Google Cloud Platform offers EU model contract clauses for customers subject to the Directive. The European Union's data protection authorities, acting collectively as the Article 29 Working Party, concluded that Google's agreements for G Suite and Google Cloud Platform model contract clauses meet EU regulatory expectations. This confirms that Google Cloud services provide sufficient commitments to frame international data flows from Europe to the rest of the world.