MEPs vote to reject proposed EU-US Data Privacy Framework

11/05/2023 | European Parliament

Members of the European Parliament have voted 306-27, with 231 abstentions rejecting the proposed EU-US Data Privacy Framework. In a non-binding resolution, MEPs declared the framework an improvement over its predecessor but claimed more is needed to offer an adequacy decision. MEPs called on the Commission to continue negotiating with the US to establish a framework that would provide a level of protection equivalent to that of the EU. 

Echoing the views of the Libe Committee in April, MEPs said EU citizens need legal certainty along with rights of access and redress. Noting how the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidated the two previous agreements, MEPs urge the Commission to ensure any future framework can withstand legal challenges. 

Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Chair Juan Fernando López Aguilar said, "This new proposal contains significant improvements, but unfortunately, we are not there yet. There are still missing elements on judicial independence, transparency, access to justice, and remedies. So, we call on the Commission to continue negotiations and properly address these concerns. The mechanism must genuinely protect the data of EU citizens and businesses."

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