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‘EU-US regulation on better data protection will take months’

This is what Wojciech Wiewiorowski, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) told Reuters news agency.

Earlier, EU Commissioner Didier Reynders (Justice and Consumer Affairs) expressed the fear that a legal solution would take a long time.

Streak through Privacy Shield

The European Commission has been in talks with the American authorities about new agreements for months. These are necessary because the European Court of Justice in July put an end to the so-called Privacy Shield, the regulation for the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US.

Under the Privacy Shield, US companies were allowed to process the personal data of European users in the US. But, the Court ruled, European citizens have no chance of going to court for privacy violations by, for example, the US government.

Max Schrems

Security services also have too wide access to this data. The case started due to an initiative by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, who filed a complaint about the processing of his personal data by Facebook in the US.

But for now, we’ll have to make do with Privacy Shield, says Wiewiorowski. “I don’t expect a new solution within weeks, and probably not even months,” he told Reuters. The main reason for the delay is the entry into office of the Biden government, which probably has other priorities.

In the meantime, the EU is already working on proposals for better data protection. They are intended to prevent the personal data of Europeans from falling into the wrong hands outside Europe via internet companies.

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