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EU-US relations in data protection, AI and security: MEPs conclude visit to US

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 marzo 2020

A delegation of seven MEPs visited Washington and Boston from 23 to 28 February to discuss the state of play on major Civil Liberties Committee topics with US authorities and stakeholders.Discussions during the Civil Liberties Committee delegation visit focused on possible future legislation on personal data protection at the US federal level, the use of artificial intelligence in law enforcement, the visa waiver programme and counter-terrorism.The delegation held meetings with representatives of the US Congress and US Administration, i.e. the Department of State, Justice, Homeland Security, Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission (FTA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). In Washington, MEPs also held meetings with various industry, think-tank and NGO representatives and in Boston with representatives from MIT, Harvard and Cambridge and local authorities as well as start-ups and law firms active in the field of AI.
Civil Liberties Committee Chair and head of the delegation, Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES), commented on the talks on data protection: “We are pleased that the US Congress is now seriously considering developing federal privacy legislation inspired by the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and we look forward to more progress. Similar legislation on both sides of the Atlantic would better protect the privacy of US and EU citizens, further ease transatlantic data flows and provide legal certainty to all stakeholders.” The EU-US Privacy Shield deal, the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act) and the EU-US agreement on sharing electronic evidence currently under negotiation were also high on the delegation’s agenda.In relation to the settlement of five billion dollars recently reached between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Facebook following the Cambridge-Analytica leaks and the related non-compliance with the Privacy Shield, MEPs regretted that the EU has not imposed a similar fine on Facebook. They noted that such fines are necessary, but unfortunately not sufficient on their own, to prevent similar incidents reoccurring in the future.The delegation also took stock of the state of play on the use of AI in the US, especially for law enforcement purposes. MEPs discussed in this context whether legislation is needed to address the possible unintended negative impact of the use of AI on civil liberties and fundamental rights and how this could be done without losing the benefits of AI. MEPs highlighted the need to prioritise legislative work in the field of AI, given the accelerating development of new disruptive AI technologies.

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Trade MEPs in Washington, DC, to discuss EU-US trade relations

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 febbraio 2020

A delegation of trade MEPs will meet their American counterparts in Congress and US trade officials on a four-day visit to urge easing of current EU-US trade tensions.The seven-member delegation, led by Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), the chairman of the Committee on International Trade, is in Washington, DC between 24-27 February, 2020. The first trade delegation to the US of the current legislature, and also since 2013, the trade MEPs expect to discuss about possible positive developments in trade relations between the EU and its largest trade partner. MEPs will argue for common solutions to common problems with the US.Members of the delegation:Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), chairman of the Committee on International Trade, head of delegation
Danuta Hübner (EPP, PL), Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou (EPP, EL), Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D, FI), Liesje Schreinemacher (RE, NL), Reinhard Bütikofer (Greens/EFA, DE), Geert Bourgeois (ECR, BE).The MEPs are set to meet officials at the office of the United States Trade Representative, including Deputy US Trade Representative Jeff Gerrish, and members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Subcommittee on Trade.
hey will also meet officials of the Department of State, Treasury and Commerce, business organisations, environmental organisations, civil society, trade unions and think tanks.Bernd Lange (S&D, DE)“The delegation will meet a wide range of stakeholders, from Congressmen through environmental organizations to business, as a demonstration that our relationship with the United States extends beyond that with the current US administration. We are in Washington with one common message: only dialogue and partnership between the US and Europe can help us face current global trade challenges, such as WTO reform. We will not be bullied by ever more tariffs, but we are ready to look carefully at issues the US brings to the negotiation table.”

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EU-US “Privacy Shield” for data transfers: further improvements needed, MEPs say

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 Maggio 2016

commissione europeaThe EU Commission should go on negotiating with the USA to remedy “deficiencies” in proposed “Privacy Shield” protection for EU citizens’ data transferred to the US for commercial purposes, Parliament says in a non-legislative resolution passed on Thursday.
In the resolution, passed by 501 votes to 119 with 31 abstentions, MEPs welcome the efforts of the Commission and the US administration to achieve “substantial improvements” in the Privacy Shield compared to the Safe Harbour decision which it is to replace.However, they also voice concern about “deficiencies” in the proposed new arrangement negotiated by the Commission, notably:
· the US authorities’ access to data transferred under the Privacy Shield,
· the possibility of collecting bulk data, in some cases, which does not meet the criteria of “necessity” and “proportionality” laid down in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights,
· the proposed US ombudsperson, a new institution that MEPs accept is a step forward, but believe to be neither “sufficiently independent”, nor “vested with adequate powers to effectively exercise and enforce its duty”, and
· the complexity of the redress mechanism, which the Commission and US administration need to make more “user-friendly and effective”, MEPs say.
Parliament stresses that the Privacy Shield framework gives EU member state’s data protection agencies a prominent role in examining data protection claims and notes their power to suspend data transfers. It also notes the obligation placed upon the US Department of Commerce to resolve such complaints.Finally, MEPs call on the Commission to conduct periodic “robust reviews” of its decision that Privacy Shield protection is adequate, particularly in the light of experience with the new EU data protection rules which are to take effect in two years.

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