California privacy bill could qualify for EU data-transfer deal, commission official says

4 July 2018 4:36pm
A new California privacy law that gives consumers sweeping new protections for their online data could succeed in securing EU approval on commercial data transfers, a European Commission official said today.

“There are no obstacles to have adequacy,” Bruno Gencarelli told a conference* in Cambridge, UK. This is EU jargon for agreements the commission strikes with countries outside the bloc, recognizing that national laws provide adequate protection of European citizens’ information — such as photos and payslips — when shifted by companies across borders.

The EU has issued “adequacy” decisions for over a dozen countries such as Argentina, Canada and Israel. The latest agreement was the EU-US Privacy Shield that came into force in 2016 to replace an older accord, which the EU’s highest court had struck down for failing to sufficiently protect citizens’ personal data in the context of access by US intelligence services.

By Vesela Gladicheva