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07/16/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/16/2021 11:59

Surveillance in Spotlight Amid Ongoing EU-US Data Privacy Rift

Bloomberg Law, July 16, 2021

By Andrea Vittorio

US government surveillance remains in the spotlight one year after the European Union's top court struck down a main mechanism that Facebook Inc. and about 4,000 other companies used to transfer data across the Atlantic.

Surveillance is expected to be the focus of proposals for revamping the so-called EU-US Privacy Shield, which was invalidated in a July 16, 2020, ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Companies have been 'beefing up' privacy commitments in their data transfer contracts, according to Aaron Cooper, vice president of global policy for the software industry association BSA | The Software Alliance.

Cooper said more companies are also adopting added safeguards such as encryption, so that data transferred would be unreadable.


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