MEPs reject proposed EU-US Data Privacy Framework

13/04/2023 | European Parliament

On Thursday, 13 April, the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) adopted a non-binding resolution urging the European Commission not to endorse the proposed EU-US Data Privacy Framework. While the Libe Committee members accept that the proposed framework is an improvement, they say more is needed to justify an adequacy decision. 

Currently, the framework permits the bulk collection of personal data in certain instances, which is not contingent on independent prior authorisation. MEPs also note there are no clear rules on data retention. Furthermore, the secrecy of the decisions reached by the Data Protection Review Court violates the rights of citizens to access and rectify data about them. 

Considering the above and noting how the previous two EU-US data transfer frameworks had both been invalidated by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the MEPs argue the latest proposal would likely result in the same outcome. Instead, the Committee urges the Commission to re-negotiate the framework in order to withstand legal challenges and provide much-needed legal certainty to EU citizens and businesses.

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