FPF Statement on the EU/US Transatlantic Data Agreement

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March 25, 2021 — This morning the European Union and the United States came to a breakthrough agreement in principle, which allows Europeans’ personal data to flow to the United States.

Future of Privacy Forum’s CEO Jules Polonetsky said:

We are encouraged to see progress in the important effort to ensure that cross-border EU-U.S. research, communication, and commerce can continue without disruption. Both the European Commission and U.S. negotiators understand that any deal needs to meet the standard set by the European Court of Justice. Recent U.S. proposals have included significant oversight and extensive redress structures, beyond the Privacy Shield agreement that the European Court of Justice invalidated. We look forward to the details of the latest proposals, including those related to ensuring proportionality of government access to Europeans’ data. We appreciate that the Biden Administration has supported new models of redress and hope that Congress will build on these efforts as it addresses reforms of surveillance legislation in the near future.

We also encourage both the U.S. and EU to recognize the need to ensure surveillance oversight and trusted data flows among democratic allies globally and support the ongoing work of the OECD in this regard.

Read the White House Fact Sheet: United States and European Commission Announce Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework here.

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