JUL 16, 2021 | US | EUROPEAN UNION
Surveillance in Spotlight Amid Ongoing EU-US Data Privacy Rift
Bloomberg Law, July 16, 2021
By Andrea Vittorio
US government surveillance remains in the spotlight one year after the European Union’s top court struck down a main mechanism that Facebook Inc. and about 4,000 other companies used to transfer data across the Atlantic.
Surveillance is expected to be the focus of proposals for revamping the so-called EU-US Privacy Shield, which was invalidated in a July 16, 2020, ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Companies have been “beefing up” privacy commitments in their data transfer contracts, according to Aaron Cooper, vice president of global policy for the software industry association BSA | The Software Alliance.
Cooper said more companies are also adopting added safeguards such as encryption, so that data transferred would be unreadable.
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.