EC conducts first review of EU-US 'Privacy Shield'

19 Septembre, 2017, 19:29 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • EC conducts first review of EU-US 'Privacy Shield'

A pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers will undergo its first annual review on Monday, with Europe seeking to ensure Washington has lived up to its promises to protect the data of European citizens stored on US servers.

Feted as a milestone in transatlantic relations, which had soured after revelations of mass U.S. surveillance four years ago, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield data pact has been in place for just over a year.

The first annual review taking place on Monday and Tuesday will be an opportunity for the European Commission, which negotiated the Privacy Shield, to ensure it is functioning well and that the USA administration is keeping its part of the deal. Over 2,400 companies have signed up to the scheme including Google, Facebook and Microsoft but it has already prompted two legal challenges in European courts on grounds of providing insufficient privacy protections.

Jourova is scheduled to meet with U.S. commerce secretary Wilbur Ross in Washington, DC, before travelling to Silicon Valley to meet with IT companies such as Google and Facebook who are using Privacy Shield.

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One of the EU's current issues with the deal, however, is the new U.S. presidential administration's failure to appoint an ombudsman, something European Union justice commissioner Vera Jourova said she would address in a trip to the United States on Monday and Tuesday. -European Union Privacy Shield framework - which underpins the flow of personal data across the Atlantic for thousands of USA companies - the White House is touting its commitment to the agreement.

The Privacy Shield allows firms to move data across the Atlantic without relying on such contracts, known as model clauses, which are more cumbersome and expensive. "QuisLex's Privacy Shield certification, combined with our Six Sigma-based quality processes and ISO-certified data security, provides the foundation for successful and secure cross-border engagements".

The Commission will produce a report with its conclusions on the review of the Privacy Shield in October.

During the review, the EC will be looking to find out figures for how many requests for people's data companies have so far received from USA authorities.

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