An early Position Paper of the German data protection authority of Schleswig-Holstein on the Schrems Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) gave little hope for practical alternatives to Safe Harbor. On October 26, all German data protection authorities published a more reasoned joint Statement that follows the approach taken by the Article 29 Working Party. It still includes some surprises in the details, but also offers hope for Model Contracts to be able to serve at least as an interim solution.
The Statement of the German data protection authorities (GDPA) starts with the unsurprising conclusion that data transfers cannot rely on the Safe Harbor Decision anymore. It continues to mention that the Schrems Judgment also puts data transfers under other instruments (like BCRs or Model Contracts) in question. The GDPAs announcement that they will not approve new BCRs or contractual solutions for data transfers in the US and have also requested that the German government allow data protection authorities to bring claims to courts (as required by the ECJ in the Schrems Judgment). The Statement of the GDPAs is short and obviously a compromise between differing views.