The Council of Europe insists that there is an urgent need to provide "effective oversight" on the surveillance activities of international intelligence agencies and the threats to privacy that emerge as a result
There will be "no quick fix" on a revised data transfer deal between the EU and the US following a July ruling by EU judges to strike down the Privacy Shield agreement, the EU's Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has told MEPs.
The European Commission is preparing for the eventuality that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) may invalidate the EU-US data transfer agreement, known as the Privacy Shield, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has said.
The European Commission's standard contractual clauses (SCC), used for data transfers between EU and non-EU countries, are "valid", according to a non-binding opinion from an advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
The European Commission has called for a number of 'concrete steps' to be made in order to improve the EU's data transfer accord with the US, the Privacy Shield. Meanwhile, the data protection group Access Now has come out in criticism of the agreement and called for it to be suspended.
The EU's Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, responded on Thursday (24 January) to US President Trump's recent nomination of an ombudsperson to oversee the EU-US privacy shield agreement, saying that the announcement came "later than expected."
The European Commission has put pressure on US authorities to nominate a permanent ombudsperson for its data protection agreement with the US, with Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová saying that her "patience is coming to an end" on the issue.
The US is making a number of steps in the right direction in order to fall in line with the EU-US privacy shield agreement, EU officials said on Thursday (18 October). The comments came as the Commission entered the first round of talks for the second annual review of the pact.
The EU's Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová will sit down with US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Thursday (18 October), as they launch a review of the EU-US privacy shield, while certain EU MEPs remain unconvinced by the agreement.
The EU will look to ensure the safe transmission of data between the bloc and Japan, Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said on Wednesday (5 September). The announcement comes at a time the EU's other big data transmission agreement, the EU-US privacy shield, faces harsh criticism.
The next European Parliament is likely to offer citizens better protection of their data, according to a study conducted by a leading European think tank. At the same time, concerns are growing about the adequacy of an EU-US deal on exchanging personal data across the Atlantic.
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