On November 16, 2015, EU Commissioner Věra Jourová spoke in Washington about transatlantic data flow.
After highlighting the importance of safeguarding, at the same time, the fundamental right to privacy, security, and economic opportunities and business growth, she remembered the latest developments in this area:
(a) negotiation on an “umbrella” agreement on privacy and data protection, which sets standards of data protection for law enforcement exchanges (see here);
(b) the recent House vote of the Judicial Redress Bill, which would extend to Europeans the rights of US citizens under the 1974 Privacy Act (see here).
Considering that the Safe Harbor was declared invalid by the European Court of Justice (more information available here), the Commissioner pointed out that discussions on a new framework for commercial transfers of personal data should be finalized the sooner. She said that she feels confident that the U.S. and the EU will meet the deadline of January 2016 suggested by WP29 (see here) for a new agreement on international commercial data transfers.
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