EU-US data protection framework and EU AI Act move forward

Speaking at the CPDP conference in Brussels on 24 May, European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders said that he expects the EU-US data transfer framework to be adopted this summer. But the agreement will only enter into force once the US has put in place the new safeguards. This work is well advanced, Reynders said.

The conference also debated the AI framework. The EU AI Act is making progress in the legislature - the European Parliament’s internal market (IMCO) and civil liberties (LIBE) committees agreed a draft negotiating mandate on the AI Act on 11 May. A plenary vote is expected to take place in the summer, to be followed by a Trilogue. Once approved, the AI Act will be the world’s first Artificial Intelligence law.

Leonardo Cervera-Navas, Director at the office of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said that the Act will need strong supervision and international standards to support it. The EDPS will become the AI regulator for the EU institutions. Companies need to take the AI Act seriously – and comply with the provisions quicker than was the case with the GDPR, he said.


PL&B’s International Conference, 3-5 July 2023, will feature several presentations on these topics.