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Privacy Shield Under Fire, DataIQ

May 18, 2016

The proposed EU-US Privacy Shield, intended to facilitate transatlantic data transfers, has been thrown into doubt by the Article 29 Working Party’s Opinion, released on 13th April 2016, which concluded that it does not meet EU data protection standards.

The Article 29 Working Party, which advises the European Commission on data protection matters, does not release binding opinions, but they are heavily influential. The European Commission can choose to ignore this Opinion or, more likely, address the concerns and revise the draft proposal. Subject to this, the next formal stage is the Article 31 Committee vote which is binding.

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