EC sign off on new data transfer agreement with the USA

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova and Commission Vice President announced a new deal, rebranded as the ‘EU-US privacy shield’, after a cabinet meeting of the EU executive in Strasbourg. The agreement is the result of months of negotiations between the EU and the USA, after the European Court of Justice ruled the Safe Harbour Agreement invalid lat last year. The agreement will allow thousands of businesses to continue to move people’s digital data, but a legal fight may await. The agreement was praised by Digital Europe, but privacy groups expressed concern that the deal does not comply with European law on individual privacy rights.