[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

quinta-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2017

Tech industry slams data watchdogs over damning privacy shield report

Thursday, 7 December 2017

A major tech industry association has slammed national privacy regulators for threatening to file lawsuits against an agreement that allows companies to transfer data between the EU and the US.

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.

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