Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Civil Liberties delegation raises concerns with US authorities on data protection

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 luglio 2018

A delegation of nine MEPs visited Washington D.C. from 16 to 19 July to obtain information on the state of play in the US on major Civil Liberties Committee topics. Discussions focused on personal data protection, counter-terrorism, the visa waiver programme and cyber-security. The delegation held meetings with representatives of the US Administration, e.g. Department of State, Justice, Homeland Security, Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission, and with Senators and Representatives of the US Congress. MEPs also met various industry, think-tank and NGO representatives.Reacting to the discussions on data protection, Civil Liberties Committee Chair and head of the delegation Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) said: “We have learnt more about recent US initiatives at the state and federal levels to strengthen privacy and data protection following recent scandals and drawing on work carried out in the EU on the GDPR.”The delegation held extensive talks on the EU-US Privacy Shield arrangement and the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act), a US law that grants the US and foreign police access to personal data across borders.”We have raised our concerns with US authorities regarding the US CLOUD Act and the remaining deficiencies with the US-EU Privacy Shield. More needs to be done to provide the adequate level of data protection for EU citizens required by the Court of Justice”, stressed Mr Moraes.
“US and EU lawmakers must respond to the shared challenge of providing an effective policy response to the multiple threats our citizens face in terms of data protection, privacy, cybersecurity and electoral processes. We must now work towards the development of policy solutions and remedies that will ensure that companies adhere to business models that are by design and by default compliant with fundamental rights”, concluded Mr Moraes.The delegation also discussed the EU-US visa waiver programme and reiterated that all EU citizens should be able to travel visa-free to the US. Citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania still cannot enter US territory without a visa, while US citizens can travel to all EU countries visa-free. MEPs expressed their serious concerns with the lack of progress on the conflict with the European common visa policy.On counter terrorism, the delegation welcomed improved cooperation between EU and the US for the benefit of both sides at a meeting with the National Security Council at the White House.

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