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EU and US Reach New Data-Sharing Agreement

Associated Press: “Absent reform of U.S. surveillance law, it is highly unlikely that the Privacy Shield agreement will be deemed sufficient by the (European) Court of Justice,” said Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, director of European affairs. He called on the U.S. Congress to swiftly move to reform its surveillance law and for EU member states to narrow their own surveillance laws and practices to also be more aligned with international human rights norms.

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New Privacy Deal May Not Actually Stop U.S. Snooping

“While the agreement should provide some increased privacy protections for the personal data of EU citizens, ultimately without reform of U.S. surveillance law, Privacy Shield will not be enough,” Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, the director for European affairs at the nonprofit Center for Democracy & Technology, told The Huffington Post in an email.

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EU-US “Privacy Shield”: A Partial, Interim Solution

Today the European Commission outlined an EU-US agreement on a framework for transatlantic data flows – the “Privacy Shield”. The agreement is intended to replace the Safe Harbor agreement, struck down by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in October 2015. The text of the agreement was not released and is not expected to be released for several weeks. CDT offers our initial thoughts.

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Data Protection Agreement to Bring Major Changes to EU Privacy Law

Yesterday, the European Union Parliament and European Council negotiators reached agreement on the long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Member States will have two years to comply with the regulation once it is formally passed in early 2016. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) welcomes the agreement, but remains concerned about a number of aspects.

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EU Copyright Reform: Computer & Comms Industry, Press, Other Major Stakeholders Raise Concerns

Forbes: The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) announced Tuesday that it and other members of the coalition, including the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), sent letters to First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and to Members of the European Parliament, raising concerns about lack of adequate consultation with stakeholders prior to the scheduled release on December 9th of the Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament on copyright reform.

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Paris attacks should be ‘wake up call’ for more digital surveillance, CIA director says

Washington Post: In the Paris attack, Center for Democracy and Technology human rights and surveillance fellow Sarah St. Vincent said lack of transparency about the country’s new surveillance laws makes it hard to tell to what went wrong. “There hasn’t been enough information available that could give the legislature or the public a way to evaluate if they are effective,” she said.

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The Implications of the European Safe Harbor Decision

Net Politics: Meanwhile, privacy advocates are citing the decision to prod Congress to engage in much broader reform U.S. surveillance programs. Jens Henrik-Jeppesen, director of European affairs for the Center for Democracy and Technology, for example, said “There is a clear need for the U.S. and Europe to set clear, lawful and proportionate standards and safeguards for conducting surveillance for national security purposes.

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