‘Privacy Shield’ data agreement to run for a year unchallenged

European regulators have this week announced that they will allow the ‘Privacy Shield’ agreement between the EU and the USA to run for at least a year.

The ‘Privacy Shield’, which has replaced the struck down Safe Harbour agreement, is an agreement between the EU and the USA determining the procedures and rules regarding data sharing between the two. It will allow companies to share personal data legitimately.

The key points of the agreement are:

  • § 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

While the EU governments had approved the agreement earlier this month, the data protection authorities were yet to comment.

Speaking in relation to the agreement, the data protection regulators have said they will allow the agreement to run for a year before lodging any objections to it. It will only be after its first annual review that any concerns will be raised.

Following the disaster of the Privacy Shield’s predecessor, the Safe Harbour agreement, that was struck down following leaks showed US surveillance of data, it will be interesting to see how this replacement develops.

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