September 14, 2020 - The transatlantic relationship between the European Union and the United States has reached a critical point, as the countries’ data privacy policies continue to clash.
On July 16, a legal decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union, Schrems II, moved to invalidate the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, stating that the data transfer standard between the EU and the U.S. doesn’t sufficiently protect European users' privacy, as Europe has stricter data privacy laws than does America.
On Wednesday, transatlantic tensions further heightened when the Irish Data Protection Commission asked Facebook to stop sending EU user data to the U.S.
The Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institute hosted a webinar on Thursday with Commissioner Didier Reynders to advance the transatlantic dialogue in the aftermath of Schrems II.
Reynders called the present a defining moment in technology and democracy, championing data rights as human rights.
“The Schrems II ruling raised complex issues but also raised multifaceted ways to address them,” said Reynders, noting that both sides are facing unprecedented challenges relating to issues of privacy, security, artificial intelligence, and consumer protection in the context of EU-U.S. relations.
Reynders called for fully preserving fundamental rights and freedoms and leading policy with a humancentric approach, noting that “a very large majority of Americans want the data rights we enjoy in the EU.”
“Privacy rules are key to responding to global challenges we face today,” said Reynders, which is why Court of Justice Commissioners are “working on a broad toolbox for international data transfers.”
Following the Schrems II decision, Facebook reported that it has been setting out its position on how to secure the long-term stability of international data transfers, according to Nick Clegg, Facebook vice president of global affairs and communications.
"A lack of safe, secure and legal international data transfers would damage the economy and hamper the growth of data-driven businesses in the EU, just as we seek a recovery from COVID-19,” he said, highlighting the fact that the Schrems II decision resulted in uncertainty for thousands of U.S. and European businesses reliant on international data flows.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission have renewed negotiations for the third time, to come to a new agreement to facilitate data transfers from the EU to the U.S.
- Both Pipeline and Retention Issues Have Resulted in Lack of African American Representation in the Tech Industry
- At New America Foundation Event on India, Panelists Talk of ‘Digital Colonization’ by U.S. and China
- House Introduces Version of EARN IT Act, The Farce of a Borderless Internet, Investor Confidence in Rural WISPs
- Breakfast Media Minute: October 1, 2020
- At Broadband Communities Summit, Rural Communities Discuss Many Ways to Finance Fiber Networks
Signup for Broadband Breakfast
Fiber4 months ago
Fiber Networks Hold a Cybersecurity Advantage Over Rival Co-Axial and Wireless Technologies, Say Panelists
Congress4 months ago
Senators Introduce Healthcare Broadband Bill as House Companion, Proposes $2 Billion Telehealth Expansion
Artificial Intelligence3 months ago
Brookings Panelists Emphasize Importance of Addressing Biases in Artificial Intelligence Technology
China5 months ago
China Expert Predicts that Nation’s Flawed Coronavirus Response Will Damage the Power of Chinese Communist Party
Infrastructure6 months ago
Broadband Breakfast Live Online Will Stream Every Wednesday at 12 Noon ET on ‘Broadband and the Coronavirus’
Education6 months ago
Online Elementary Education is No Spring Break for Parents Teaching from Home
Rural5 months ago
Why the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is So Significant, and How to Succeed in Applying For RDOF
Artificial Intelligence3 months ago
U.S. State Department Employing Artificial Intelligence Against COVID-19 Misinformation