New EU-US data transfer deal agreed in principle

The political statement is yet to be followed by concrete details on how the framework will work and the differences from the old Privacy Shield. By Laura Linkomies.

The United States and the European Commission announced on 25 March that they have committed to a new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework. According to the White House, the US has made unprecedented commitments to:

  • strengthen the privacy and civil liberties safeguards governing US signals intelligence [intelligence-gathering by interception of signals] activities;
  • establish a new redress mechanism with independent and binding authority; and
  • enhance its existing rigorous and layered oversight of signals intelligence activities.

The US administration says that this means, for example, that “signals intelligence collection may be undertaken only where necessary to advance legitimate national security objectives, and must not disproportionately impact the protection of individual ­privacy and civil liberties.”

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