European Commission Wrongly Denies EPIC's Request For "Privacy Shield"

The European Commission has wrongly denied EPIC's Freedom of Information request for the text of the "Privacy Shield." The Commission said the adequacy decision about Safe Harbor is "in preparation" and "negotiations with the U.S. are still ongoing." The Commission confused the text of the political agreement, known as "the Privacy Shield," with a legal determination about whether the agreement meets EU data protection law. EPIC will pursue public release of the Privacy Shield, which was previously announced, and then the release of the adequacy determination when it is final. EU and US Consumer and privacy organizations have opposed the agreement because it fails to provide adequate privacy protections.

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