Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

SecurityWeekSecurityWeek

Privacy

EU Lawmakers See ‘Deficiencies’ in US Data Deal

Brussels – The European Parliament called Thursday on Brussels to pursue talks with Washington to remove “deficiencies” from a deal to curb government spying on the personal Internet data of EU citizens.

Brussels – The European Parliament called Thursday on Brussels to pursue talks with Washington to remove “deficiencies” from a deal to curb government spying on the personal Internet data of EU citizens.

Brussels and Washington announced the new “Privacy Shield” deal in February, replacing a previous agreement that was thrown out by the European Court of Justice last year, but has generated mixed reviews since.

Top US companies including Facebook and Google in particular are eager to end the legal void as they transfer data from their European subsidiaries to their headquarters in the United States.

In a non-binding resolution, 501 members of the European Parliament voted for the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, to continue negotiating with the United States to remedy “deficiencies” in the agreement.

Another 119 MEPs voted against it, with 31 abstaining.

The resolution cited “deficiencies” in terms of protection from US government access to data transferred under the deal, as well as in bulk data collection, with concerns it may not meet EU standards of “necessity” and “proportionality.”

MEPs said a proposed US ombudsman to deal with complaints by European citizens would neither be “sufficiently independent” nor have enough powers to act.

They also said Brussels and Washington need to make the mechanism to redress problems more “user-friendly and effective.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Austrian Internet activist Max Schrems — who brought a case against Facebook in Ireland that led to the EU court judgment last year — said the new deal amounts to putting “10 layers of lipstick on a pig.”

He said that the deal includes too many areas under which “bulk” data collection is allowed.

The old Safe Harbor agreement effectively meant that Europe treated the United States as a safe destination for Internet data on the basis that Brussels and Washington adhered to similar standards.

But the EU court declared Safe Harbor “invalid” in October because of US snooping practices exposed by Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who leaked a hoard of National Security Agency documents.

Written By

AFP 2023

Click to comment

Trending

Daily Briefing Newsletter

Subscribe to the SecurityWeek Email Briefing to stay informed on the latest threats, trends, and technology, along with insightful columns from industry experts.

Join the session as we discuss the challenges and best practices for cybersecurity leaders managing cloud identities.

Register

The AI Risk Summit brings together security and risk management executives, AI researchers, policy makers, software developers and influential business and government stakeholders.

Register

People on the Move

Satellite cybersecurity company SpiderOak has named Kip Gering as its new Chief Revenue Officer.

Merlin Ventures has appointed cybersecurity executive Andrew Smeaton as the firm’s CISO-in-Residence.

Retired U.S. Army General and former NSA Director Paul M. Nakasone has joined the Board of Directors at OpenAI.

More People On The Move

Expert Insights