EU considers canceling trade, data flow talks with US
Two EU officials told Politico the planned EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council meeting Sept. 29 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is now in jeopardy with the EU threatening to cancel over issues between the U.S. and France related to a U.S.-U.K. submarine contract with Australia. The EU and the U.S. were expected to advance discussions on EU-U.S. data flows and a potential replacement for the invalidated EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program.
There’s also controversy directly linked to EU-U.S. data transfer talks as there are perceived misinterpretations of how close the two sides are to a deal. The EU is not as optimistic on closing a deal as the U.S. is at this point. There have been U.S. reports on real progress toward an agreement while the EU remains stuck on addressing U.S. surveillance laws permitting agencies access to personal data while in transit from the EU to the U.S.