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EU data transfers need legal privacy analysis, not just precedent, regulators say

By Matthew Newman
  • 19 Jan 2021 11:12
  • 19 Jan 2021 11:12

EU-based data exporters must rely on a legal analysis, not on their “practical experience,” when assessing whether a foreign country’s surveillance authorities could access EU citizens’ transferred data, the bloc’s data-protection authorities said today.

“Assessing these kinds of subjective factors (likelihood of access) in practice would prove to be very difficu

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Matthew Newman

Chief Correspondent

Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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