DigitalEurope, a lobby group that represents tech firms including Google, Amazon and Microsoft, sharply criticised a group of national privacy authorities from EU countries, who threatened to file lawsuits that could topple the deal.
The regulators warned that they may take legal action if the US government does not add tighter data protection safeguards to the agreement by May 2018.
Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, the director of DigitalEurope, said on Wednesday (6 December) that if the watchdogs “believe the Commission is mistaken in its assessment” from September to continue the privacy shield agreement, “then we call on them to roll up their sleeves and join their colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic in improving its implementation and enforcement, as opposed to acting as disinterested observers”.
In September, the Commission named a list of improvements it wants the US government to make to the one-year-old agreement. But the EU executive said that EU citizens’ data is protected when companies transfer it to the US using the deal.