Biden Wants Political Agreement with EU on Bilateral Data Transfer

U.S. President Joe Biden wants to restore confidence and secure a high-level deal on data transfer with EU during his Brussels meeting with EU leaders on 15 June, Politico reports.

Several unnamed sources said Thursday that POTUS plans to reach the deal with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during the forthcoming EU-US summit and to fast-track negotiations between the EC and the US Department of Commerce on the bilateral data transfer deal.

The deal’s aim is to lay the groundwork for a new transatlantic data transfer agreement to replace the 2016 Privacy Shield accord and to resolve the sticky issue of personal information that is transferred between the EU and the US.

Europe’s highest court nullified 2016 Privacy Shield accord in July 2020 after it ruled that the U.S. did not sufficiently protect EU citizens’ data from American national security agencies during the information transfer across the Atlantic.

Reaching a new deal would represent a major step toward removing suspicions and legal dangers plaguing U.S.-EU relationship since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed in 2013 that U.S. intelligence agencies had spied on global leaders.

This is especially important in light of the scandal reported by Danish media on Sunday that the Denmark’s intelligence agencies NSA to spy on EU leaders, prompting French President Emmanuel Macron to ask for answers from both Washington and Copenhagen on the issue.

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