Trade Agreements Undermine Data Protection, New Study Shows

A new report "Trade and Privacy" argues that trade agreements are at odds with EU laws that protect privacy and data protection. The study concludes "current measures used by the EU to safeguard its data protection laws in trade agreements are not sufficient." The report recommends a comprehensive exemption for data protection rules in all trade agreements, based on GATS Article XIV. EU NGOs previously recommended that consumer privacy and data policy be excluded from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations. The study was authored by scholars at the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam and commissioned by BEUC, TACD, EDRi and CDD. EPIC's Marc Rotenberg will speak about trade agreements, privacy and the internet at IGF USA 2016.

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