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Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on the Invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and the Future of Transatlantic Data Flows

On December 9, 2020, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on the Invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and the Future of Transatlantic Data Flows.

The hearing explored the policy issues that led to the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) invalidation of the Privacy Shield framework in the Schrems II ruling. The hearing also discussed effects of the CJEU’s decision on U.S. businesses and what steps the U.S. government may take to develop a successor data transfer framework, including comprehensive federal privacy legislation.

Source: Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing on the Invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and the Future of Transatlantic Data Flows | Privacy & Information Security Law Blog

New EU-U.S. data transfer pact not any time soon

Companies hoping the EU and the new U.S. administration will soon strike a new transatlantic data transfer pact to replace one struck down by a court will probably have to wait months for any result, the head of the EU privacy watchdog said on Friday.

“I don’t expect a new solution instead of Privacy Shield in the space of weeks, and probably not even months, and so we have to be ready that the system without a Privacy Shield like solution will last for a while,” told  European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Wojciech Wiewiorowski.

Source: New EU-U.S. data transfer pact? Not any time soon, says EU privacy watchdog | Reuters

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform

Europol has launched an innovative decryption platform, developed in close cooperation with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. It will significantly increase Europol’s capability to decrypt information lawfully obtained in criminal investigations.

The launch of the new decryption platform marks a milestone in the fight against organised crime and terrorism in Europe. In full respect of fundamental rights and without limiting or weakening encryption, this initiative will be available to national law enforcement authorities of all Member States to help keep societies and citizens safe and secure.

Source: Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations | Europol

Facebook and Instagram disable features in Europe

The company says some of its messaging features may need to be adapted to comply with EU rules.

From 21 December, messaging apps will fall under EU rules known as the ePrivacy directive.

There’s nothing in the ePrivacy directive that bans the use of fun stickers or polls in messaging apps, so Facebook’s move to disable them is a bit puzzling.

Source: Facebook and Instagram disable features in Europe – BBC News

Twitter fined by Ireland over bug that made private tweets public, in world first for EU data privacy law

Ireland has fined the company €450,000 for its failure to quickly report the breach, which was the result of a bug in the Android app.

It is the first time that a US company has been fined under a new data privacy system instituted in the EU as part of its General Data Protection Regulation regime.

The fine related to an issue in Twitter’s app that emerged in 2019. A technical problem meant that tweets that were supposed to be protected could be viewed by the public, the Irish Data Protection Commission said.

Source: Twitter fined by Ireland over bug that made private tweets public, in world first for EU data privacy law | The Independent

Facebook to move UK users to California terms, avoiding EU privacy rules

Facebook Inc will shift all its users in the United Kingdom into user agreements with the corporate headquarters in California, moving them out of their current relationship with Facebook’s Irish unit and out of reach of Europe’s privacy laws.

The change takes effect next year and follows a similar move announced in February by Google. Those companies and others have European head offices in Dublin, and the UK’s exit from the EU will change its legal relationship with Ireland, which remains in the Union.

Source: Exclusive: Facebook to move UK users to California terms, avoiding EU privacy rules | Reuters

COVID Cops in Europe Will Search Your Car for Evidence of Ski Gear

Switzerland has opened its Alps for the holiday ski season, but COVID-weary European governments will force anyone caught with ski gear into compulsory quarantine.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Wednesday that anyone found with ski paraphernalia would be forced to quarantine. The move to check travelers has been met with harsh criticism across the alpine regions.

Source: COVID Cops in Europe Will Search Your Car for Evidence of Ski Gear

EU-US data transfer clarity may take several months, warns head of EDPS

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Wojciech Wiewiorowski says he does not expect a new solution to the Privacy Shield problem for several months, as the Biden administration grapples with other priority issues.

The head of the EDPS told Reuters said he is doubtful that EU businesses will receive clarity in the coming weeks and months over the uncertainty around EU-US data transfers.

Source: EU-US data transfer clarity may take several months, warns head of EDPB

EU, UK mulling interim data flows solution post-Brexit

With time running out for the EU to grant the U.K.’s data protection regime a stamp of approval before the Brexit transition period ends, officials are considering options to keep personal data flowing across the Channel, according to two individuals familiar with the talks.

The officials said that any interim solution is tied up in the wider trade negotiations, which both sides agree are currently stuck. That means that in the event of a no deal, companies would have to use alternative data transfer mechanisms to move data from the EU to the U.K., such as standard contractual clauses — a situation which could cost the U.K. economy as much as £1.6 billion.

Source: EU, UK mulling interim data flows solution post-Brexit

Twitter data breach decision due on December 17

Despite “very divergent views” between EU data protection authorities over a case of data breaches by Twitter, a final decision on the bloc’s first major cross-border online privacy case is due to be published on December 17th, it has been revealed.

Irish Data Commissioner Helen Dixon said on Thursday (3 December) that talks with fellow EU data protection regulators had been beset by “high levels of dispute” on a final decision as to Twitter’s punishment following a 2019 disclosure on a bug in its Android app. The bug had led to some Twitter users’ protected tweets being made public.

Source: Twitter data breach decision due on December 17: Irish data regulator – EURACTIV.com

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