EU Watchdogs Permit Privacy Shield

European regulators have announced that the new EU-US data-sharing agreement will be able to run for at least a year.

The Privacy Shield agreement allows companies to transfer personal data from the EU to the United States; the pact was approved by EU governments earlier this year, however 28 data protection authorities have yet to comment.

They have said they will not challenge the deal for at least a year, which means that no legal objection to the framework will be launched until it has time to go through its first annual review next summer.

In February 2016 the EU and US agreed a new pact to make it easy for organisations to transfer data across the Atlantic.The key points of the agreement were:

The US will create an ombudsman to handle complaints from EU citizens about Americans spying on their data.

The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence will give written commitments that Europeans’ personal data will not be subject to mass surveillance.

The EU and US will conduct an annual review to check the new system is working properly.


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