Proper assessment of Privacy Shield needed, stresses Civil Liberties Committee Chair
Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 gennaio 2017
The Commission should conduct a proper assessment of the Privacy Shield for data transfers to the US, Civil Liberties MEPs say in a draft resolution debated on Thursday.Claude Moraes, Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, said after the debate on the draft resolution:“This resolution acknowledges that the Privacy Shield contains clear improvements compared to the previous Safe Harbour but key deficiencies remain to be urgently resolved. However, it also calls on the Commission to conduct a proper assessment and calls on the EU Data Protection Authorities to make use of their supervisory powers to ensure that EU data protection law is respected.
– Since the invalidation of the Safe Harbour framework in October 2015, the European Parliament has consistently called for a stronger arrangement, one that provides a protection of personal data which meets the requirements of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Data Protection legal framework.
– While the final agreement on the Privacy Shield adopted in July 2016 took a number of our concerns into consideration, the Civil Liberties Committee has decided to propose a new Parliamentary resolution as many of our concerns still remain. These include concerns regarding the principle of data retention, the bulk collection of personal data for national security purposes, the need for sufficient judicial redress and effective independent oversight as well as several law enforcement issues. If these concerns are not taken into account the Privacy Shield risks not achieving its purpose and could be challenged in the Court.
– The joint annual review of the Privacy Shield which is expected mid-2017 will be crucial in order to integrate these concerns to ensure that the arrangement provides a protection of personal data which meets the requirements of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Data Protection legal framework which will apply from May 2018.”