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The DOC is seeking by July 14 applications for inclusion on the list of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield arbitrators. Under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, the DOC and the European Commission have committed to implement an arbitration mechanism to provide European individuals with the ability to invoke binding arbitration to determine, for residual claims, whether an organization has violated its obligations under the framework. The DOC and the EC will work together to implement the arbitration mechanism, including by jointly developing a list of at least 20 arbitrators. Parties to a binding arbitration under this Privacy Shield mechanism may only select arbitrators from this list.
Separately, the DOC’s International Trade Administration welcomes by July 28 nominations of individuals for consideration for appointment by Commerce Secretary Ross to serve as members of one of the 60 District Export Councils nationwide. DECs are closely affiliated with the U.S. Export Assistance Centers of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service and play a key role in the planning and coordination of export activities in their communities. Each DEC has a maximum membership of 35, and approximately half of the positions are open on each DEC for the four-year term that begins on Jan. 1, 2018, and runs through Dec. 31, 2021.