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European data protection supervisor adds voice to criticism of Privacy Shield


"The European data protection supervisor (EDPS) Giovanni Buttarelli has raised concerns about the EU-US Privacy Shield data-sharing pact, claiming that it is not robust enough to stand up to proper legal scrutiny.

This supports a resolution by the European Parliament last week in which MEPs voted 501 to 119 that the draft agreement should be renegotiated. Privacy Shield does not meet the criteria of 'necessity' and 'proportionality' laid down in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the MEPs said. However, neither this decision nor that of the EDPS is legally binding.

Privacy Shield is a data transfer mechanism that is intended to replace Safe Harbour, which was ruled illegal last October because the privacy of European citizens' data could not be guaranteed.

Buttarelli has now said that Privacy Shield suffers from similar weaknesses and if unchanged will likely face the same fate as Safe Harbour.”


NCC Weekly News Update 31 May 2016 



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