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Electronic Frontier Foundation opinion piece pokes holes in EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

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Mar
2016
Electronic Frontier Foundation opinion piece pokes holes in EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

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Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Forum (EFF) yesterday came out swinging against the Privacy Shield, the intended successor to the recently invalidated Safe Harbor agreement, which sets official policy on how companies must handle the exchange of consumers’ personal data from Europe to the U.S.

In a scathing blog post, the EFF asserted that the new agreement contains a “patchwork of concessions” that continue to leave the door open for the digital surveillance of hundreds of millions of Europeans by U.S. government agencies. “It’s unclear what, if anything, the new Privacy Shield is supposed to be shielding people from—except perhaps shielding U.S. companies from the inevitable consequences of their country’s mass surveillance program,” the EFF wrote in its post yesterday.

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