DEC 04, 2020 | US | EUROPEAN UNION
Step One in Repairing US-EU Relations: A Data Privacy Deal
Politico, December 4, 2020
By Steven Overly and Mark Scott
Specifically, [the US and Europe] need to revamp a now-defunct data protection agreement that’s critical to how global companies from Google to General Electric operate. The previous pact, the so-called US-EU Privacy Shield, was struck down by Europe's highest court in July, which ruled that American privacy standards do not adequately protect EU data — everything from people’s social media search histories to companies’ payroll information.
“It's an urgent matter because so much of our economy and the European economy relies on the ability to be able to transfer data seamlessly,” said Aaron Cooper, the vice president of global policy at BSA | The Software Alliance, a tech industry group.
Despite questions about the political will of US policymakers, Cooper at BSA | The Software Alliance sees sufficient support among Democrats and Republicans to hammer out a deal that can enhance and salvage the Privacy Shield.
“This has been one of the few truly bipartisan issues that has spanned both of the last two administrations and so I expect that the Biden administration will be able to come in and pick up on some of the work that [the Trump administration] has been doing,” Cooper said.
BSA |“软件联盟”(www.bsa.org) 是全球软件行业的主要倡导者，旨在代表该行业，向政府和国际市场发声。其成员包括全球最具创新力的公司，这些公司制定的软件解决方案，不但能够刺激经济，还能提升现代生活的品质。
BSA 的总部位于华盛顿特区，其营运机构遍布 30 多个国家。BSA 凭借这些机构，率先涉足合规项目，以期促进使用合法软件、倡导制定公共政策，并以此培养技术创新能力，以及推动发展数字经济。