First Annual Joint Review of Privacy Shield to Take Place in September in Washington

    Jun 13, 2017

    In September, a joint review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield will have the primary objective of monitoring the U.S. administration’s work and steering the debate to prevent privacy safeguards from deteriorating, according to a recent report on the Hunton Privacy Blog.

    According to the site, the review, to be held in Washington, will focus on two key points: (1) the EU Commission will verify that the foundations of the Privacy Shield remain in place, in particular with respect to government access for national security reasons; and (2) the Commission will focus on the day-to-day implementation and robust follow-up of the Privacy Shield by companies that have self-certified.

    Recently the European Parliament passed a resolution on the adequacy of the protection that’s afforded by the Privacy Shield, highlighting these weaknesses to be fixed in the upcoming review: the lack of specific rules on automated decisions, the lack of a general right to object, the need for stricter guarantees on the independence and powers of the Ombudsperson mechanism, and the lack of concrete assurances with respect to bulk collection of data.

    Following the annual review, the EU Commission will issue a public report to the European Parliament and the Council.

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