EU-US Privacy Shield at risk

Earlier this month MEPs from the Civil Liberties Committee brought attention to the necessity of better monitoring Privacy Shield by way of a Motion for a Resolution to wind up the debate on the statement by the Commission pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure on the adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-US Privacy Shield (2018/2645(RSP)).

Privacy Shield is the successor agreement to Safe Harbor between the EU-US governing the international transfer of personal data by companies that are understood to have an adequate level of data protection.

Concern regarding the deal comes in light of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breach, especially as both companies are certified under the transfer agreement.  Further worry also comes from the US Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act which permits police access to personal data across international borders. 

The motion for the resolution which was passed 29 to 25 votes and 3 abstentions calling for the suspension of Privacy Shield by 1 September 2018 should the United States fail to comply with their requests, also removing companies that are not compliant.

You can access the text of the resolution here.

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