EU Watchdogs Demand Revisions to Privacy Shield

EU watchdogs have demanded changes to the pact governing cross-Atlantic data transfers.

The Privacy Shield is to replace the previous version of the data transfer agreement called Safe Harbour which was invalidated by a court decision last year.

The group urged the US and European Commission to revise and clarify several points in the proposed Privacy Shield agreement in order to safeguard EU citizens’ personal information.

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party said it was still concerned about the possibility of “massive and indiscriminate” bulk collection of EU citizens’ data by the US authorities.

Chairman of the group, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, said: "We believe that we don't have enough security [or] guarantees in the status of the ombudsperson and in their effective powers to be sure that this is really an independent authority."

Safe Harbour was brought to an end in October when the European Court of Justice ruled that the pact did not eliminate the need for local watchdogs to check that US firms were protecting Europeans’ data.

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