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The United States and European Union will take stock December 17 on negotiations over data transfers across the Atlantic. The new agreement will replace the “safe harbor” pact struck down by a European court last month.
EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová told Austrian newspaper Wirtschaftsblatt that the replacement legislation to the safe harbor pact, which was struck down by the European Court of Justice, will be reviewed. The Commission aims to conclude negotiations in January 2016.
This agreement will be a “bridge” between the data protection authorities of the EU and the U.S, she said in the interview published on Monday.
Since the safe harbor decision, companies have been scrambling to find legal avenues to transfer data across the Atlantic. The safe harbor agreement was used by more than 4,000 companies, including Facebook, Adobe, and Weight Watchers.
It was struck down because, among other things, the pact did not give European citizens the legal channels necessary to complain about how their data was being used. As a response to this, Jourová said the Commission is looking to involve European privacy watchdogs more closely.
Reuters reports, citing an unnamed source, said this larger role of watchdogs would give citizens an avenue to complain directly to national authorities about how their personal data is being handled.
Another problem raised by the ECJ was that the agreement allowed U.S. companies to self-certify that their data protection standards met the EU’s qualifications. To address this, Jourová said both European data protection authorities and the Federal Trade Commission of the United States will “implement the requirements and deal with the complaints of citizens.”
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