Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 302

EU-US data cooperation: Privacy and security not a trade-off

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 maggio 2016

washingtonA delegation of seven Civil Liberties committee MEPs visited the US this week. In Washington DC the lawmakers met representatives from key departments of the US administration and Congress counterparts, including ten members of the Bipartisan working group on encryption. In Silicon Valley they met tech companies ranging from Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft to start-ups and NGOs such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and discussed the EU-US Privacy Shield proposal, the newly-approved EU general data protection regulation (GDPR), big data, encryption and hate speech/freedom of expression.Commenting on the conclusions from the discussions, Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) said:“It is clear that encryption is all about privacy and security rather than privacy versus security. Encryption enhances security of communications so as to make them safer and prevent data breaches, identity theft and cyber-attacks of critical infrastructures, thereby enhancing consumer trust on on-line communications. Legitimate law enforcement and national security concerns should be addressed within this context with front-door solutions while ensuring due respect of fundamental rights. The current discussion in the US on encryption and law enforcement consideration shows that an in depth and careful reflection process with all interested parties is needed before putting forward hasty legislation.”
On visa and border security issues, discussions with the US administration provided insight on the recent changes to the Visa Waiver Programme and discussions with the Commission on this topic. The delegation also took stock of current practices and measures of the US authorities aimed at fighting radicalisation, countering terrorism and violent extremism and terrorism financing.

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