The Commission's model contracts impose heavy bureaucratic obligations on businesses, according to the International Chamber of Commerce, Federation of European Direct Marketing, the Japan Business Council in Europe and the Confederation of British Industry. Also backing the call are the International Communications Round Table, the European Information and Communications Technology Industry Association and others.
They claim that model contracts, drawn up by the Commission to dovetail with the EU data protection directive, impose responsibilities on data importers and exporters which exceed the required level of data protection.
These groups have submitted new draft contracts to the Commission, in the hope that it will approve them. Brussels has already said that adoption of its own standard clauses will not prevent the authorisation of other models. This, said the International Chamber of Commerce, has cleared the way for the drafting of these alternative contracts, which use more flexible mechanisms that reflect business realities.