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Anticipating Annulment, EU-US Negotiators Sign Off on "Privacy Shield"

Disregarding a decision of the European Court of Justice, negotiators for the US Commerce Dept., the FTC, and the European Commission have agreed to allow the continued transfer of consumer data without adequate legal protection. A virtually identical arrangement was recently struck down by the Court in the Schrems case as a violation of multiple rights of Europeans, including rights to privacy, data protection, and effective redress. Consumers in the US have also expressed concern about rising levels of data breach, identity theft, and financial fraud. EPIC and many EU and US consumer organizations urged negotiators to establish strong safeguards for the transfer of personal data.

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