Civil Liberties MEPs want EU-US Privacy Shield suspended by September

By |junij 12th, 2018|Axel Voss, Claude Moraes, data protection, data transfer, data-sharing, EU-US relations, News, online privacy, privacy shield, safe harbour, Sophie in 't Veld, Věra Jourová|

MEPs in the European Parliament’s powerful Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) want the European Commission to suspend its Privacy Shield agreement with the United States unless the Trump administration introduces data protection safeguards by 1 September, in a move that comes amid mounting transatlantic political tensions.

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Jourova to press for EU-US data sharing deal next week

By |maj 18th, 2018|data transfer, data-sharing, e-evidence, EU-US relations, Jeff Sessions, law enforcement, News, Věra Jourová|

EU justice chief Vera Jourova will push for a new data access agreement with the United States when she meets next week with her American counterpart, amid growing transatlantic tensions over issues including the Iran nuclear agreement and trade.

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Leaked EU overhaul gives tech companies 10 days to share ‘e-evidence’ data with police

By |marec 30th, 2018|data protection, data protection regulation, data transfer, data-sharing, e-evidence, EU-US relations, law enforcement, Microsoft, News, terrorism, Věra Jourová|

EXCLUSIVE / Messaging apps and other digital services will be forced to give their users’ data to law enforcement authorities within ten days of receiving requests, or six hours in emergencies, according to a leaked draft of an upcoming EU legal overhaul.

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Falque-Pierrotin leaves top EU post before dawn of ‘new era’ for privacy

By |februar 8th, 2018|data protection, data protection regulation, data transfer, Facebook, Google, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, News, online privacy, privacy shield, safe harbour, uber|

EU regulators have forced companies to comply with the bloc's strict data protection rules. But in 2014, tech giants were ignorant about Europe’s high privacy standards and thought "the world is uniform", Isabelle-Falque Pierrotin told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

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Jourova: ‘Never say never’ to EU hate speech law

By |januar 19th, 2018|data transfer, e-evidence, Facebook, freedom of speech, hate speech, News, online platforms, privacy shield, surveillance, us-eu relations, Věra Jourová|

Tech giants should share the technology they develop to detect hate speech with smaller companies, EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said in an interview.

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Privacy crusader Schrems starts NGO to bring more tech firms to court

By |november 29th, 2017|consumer rights, data privacy, data protection, data transfer, European Court of Justice, Facebook, GDPR, Jan Philipp Albrecht, Max Schrems, News, safe harbour|

The Austrian lawyer whose lawsuit toppled the infamous safe harbour data sharing agreement with the United States has set up an NGO focused on bringing more privacy cases to court.

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MEPs amp up pressure on Commission over digital trade

By |november 23rd, 2017|cross-border data flows, data transfer, digital trade, dual use goods, free flow of data, free trade agreements, Marietje Schaake, News, privacy shield, safe harbour, trade agreements, Viviane Reding|

MEPs are exerting pressure on the European Commission to draw up rules on data flows in foreign trade agreements, an area where the EU executive has so far not pinned down any tangible policy.

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Commission wants to extend law for police data access to the US

By |november 10th, 2017|criminal proceedings, data privacy, data protection, data transfer, e-evidence, EU-US relations, evidence, Microsoft, News, police, terrorism|

The European Commission hopes to set an international standard with its upcoming proposal to give police easier access to data from tech companies, and has already asked the United States to cooperate. A senior Commission official said that the EU executive offered US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to consider an EU-US arrangement that would allow police to ask for data even if companies are located in other jurisdictions. EU officials made that proposal in June, during a joint EU-US justice ministerial meeting in Malta, but have not yet received a response from Sessions’ office. The Commission will propose new rules on the access to so-called e-evidence at the end of January 2018 that will apply within the EU, and make it faster and easier for law enforcement authorities to obtain data from other member states. That proposal is still being drafted, but the Commission is already eyeing a similar arrangement that would extend beyond the EU. “I can’t imagine that we would find something that would be limited to the EU space because that would be not efficient,” Renate Nikolay, the head of cabinet to EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova, said on Thursday (9 November). Nikolay was speaking in Brussels at a conference organised by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She said the January proposal will be a first step within the EU as part of the bloc’s security union. Nikolay called the EU’s tough safeguards on data protection a model for how the Commission might have enough leverage to eventually seal such an agreement with the US. Strict new data protection rules will go into effect next year in the EU, and will also apply to companies that could be based in other countries but operate inside the bloc. As a result, the law has raised pressure on firms outside the EU. Several other countries have even taken on parts of Europe’s regulation in their national rules. “We have to set a pace here, very much also building on what we have done in the GDPR [the new data protection law]. We are well equipped in Europe to actually set standards and we will do that also on electronic evidence,” she said. The Commission has argued that the upcoming proposal on e-evidence is needed because police often struggle to quickly receive data from other member states. Many big technology companies are based in the US, but Nikolay said the EU law will remove barriers that already exist within the bloc. “Sometimes time matters,” she said. “We are talking about the new phenomenon of electronic evidence becoming more relevant in criminal proceedings, regardless of whether they are purely national criminal proceedings. Just because the data might be elsewhere. It can be just a local case in a village somewhere in Slovakia and, nevertheless, the cross-border element can be there.” Nikolay told the conference that there are hurdles slowing down police access to e-evidence that are “not addressed at all with the tools we have at our disposal at the moment”. The Commission is still weighing how police will obtain access to data. One option that the EU executive outlined included direct access between law enforcement authorities in one member state and tech firms. In addition, the Commission is also considering whether the content of communications or, for example, metadata, which includes when an electronic message might be sent and to whom, will fall under the new law. Nikolay said the rules should be “as broad as possible” regarding data. The proposal will also specify the kinds of services that must comply with the rules, which could mean regular phone calls and text messages, or data from digital services and communications apps. Nikolay said the law will include sanctions if companies do not hand over data to police. Some tech firms have argued the new proposal could clarify rules and replace more cumbersome legal methods for police to request data. John Frank, Microsoft’s head of EU affairs, said an e-evidence law within the EU would be helpful. He favours an international agreement to deal with police requests from outside the bloc. “The best way for the EU and the US to get an agreement is for the US to realise it needs an agreement because it doesn’t have access to data in Europe,” Frank said, speaking on the panel with Nikolay. Microsoft has been at the centre of a drawn-out fight over police access to data. The firm won a case against the US federal government, which tried to use a search warrant to obtain data from a Microsoft server in Ireland. The government has appealed to the Supreme Court. But the Commission’s planned proposal has also sparked concerns among privacy advocates. Campaigners have warned against any new rules that could allow police to request data directly from companies. Instead, they want the EU executive to reform existing mutual legal assistance treaties so law enforcement authorities in different countries can transfer data more quickly. Those MLAT agreements are often criticised for being too slow. "The only way to credibly propose any legislation in this area is to address MLAT reform first; not to find ways to bypass them,” Maryant Fernández Pérez, a policy advisor at the NGO European Digital Rights, told EURACTIV.com.

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Commission conducting review of all foreign data transfer deals

By |november 9th, 2017|data privacy, data protection, data transfer, European Data Protection Superviser, Giovanni Buttarelli, international trade, News, privacy shield, trade agreements|

The European Commission is reviewing the 12 data transfer agreements it has with countries outside the bloc, as part of a scrutiny process that could potentially result in the deals being axed.

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Privacy Shield: A strong framework for transatlantic digital trade

By |september 18th, 2017|Business Software Alliance, cross-border data flows, data protection, data transfer, EU-US relations, EU-US trade relations, News, online privacy, privacy shield, safe harbour, software, software companies, United States|

The Privacy Shield agreement has already improved data protection and digital trade between the EU and the US in its first year, and that should continue, writes Victoria A. Espinel.

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