CCIA Welcomes EU-US Privacy Shield Review

BY Heather Greenfield
October 19, 2018

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the second joint EU-U.S. Privacy Shield review which took place on Thursday and Friday this week.

The Privacy Shield framework allows companies to transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States while ensuring adequate protection of European citizens’ data.

This second annual review was an opportunity for the European Commission, Data Protection Authorities, and the U.S. Government to take stock of the progress made over the past year and discuss areas for further improvement.

Over the past months, the FTC has taken several enforcement measures to ensure that Privacy Shield certified companies meet their commitments. This adds up to recent positive developments, including the confirmation of Adam Klein, Jane Nitz, and Ed Felton as Members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and the declassification of materials detailing the limits of intelligence and law enforcement access to European citizens’ data.

The following can be attributed to CCIA Senior Policy Manager Alexandre Roure:

“We welcome the review of the Privacy Shield which has become a key legal mechanism that thousands of companies rely on for transatlantic data flows. We agree that Privacy Shield works well and encourage further progress to strengthen it, such as the prompt nomination of a permanent U.S. Under Secretary and Ombudsperson.”

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