U.S.-EU Data Privacy Deal Faces Key Questions on Surveillance
A preliminary data-transfer deal between the U.S. and European Union outlines a new mechanism for how Europeans can challenge U.S. surveillance but offers few details about the way it would work. The White House said the deal will also balance U.S. national-security needs with Europeans’ ability to challenge unlawful surveillance, creating a Data Protection Review Court comprising members outside the U.S. government to review cases and remedial measures. Congress’s attempts to pass a comprehensive national privacy law have stalled for years. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission is preparing a final ruling in a closely watched case that could impede Meta’s ability to share information about European users to U.S. computer servers. Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, applauded the pending data-flows deal on Twitter. The ruling invalidated a data-transfer agreement known as Safe Harbor, leading to the creation of Privacy Shield.
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