Big U.S. tech firms fail to comply with curb on Europe data transfers: Schrems

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Technology Business compliance with European restrictions on transatlantic data transfers is woefully poor, Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems said on Monday, posting here a survey of businesses, including Facebook and Netflix.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in July that the data framework put in place in 2016, called the Privacy Shield, was invalid under European privacy protection because of concerns about the American surveillance.

The ruling effectively ends the privileged access that U.S. companies such as Facebook had to personal data from Europe. This puts the country on an equal footing with other countries outside the EU, which means that data transfers are likely to come under further scrutiny.

The survey, conducted by digital rights group NOYB de Schrems – short for None of Your Business – covered 33 companies. Most were American, but some were based in the EU and Great Britain.

Exercising customers’ right to ask companies how their data is treated under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the survey elicited a mix of responses – some companies did not respond and others gave misleading answers.

“Responses ranged from detailed explanations, to admissions that these companies had no idea what was going on, to outrageously aggressive denials of the law,” Schrems said.

NOYB said that the rental platform AirBnB, the streaming service Netflix and Facebook the WhatsApp chat app did not respond, while other companies referred to privacy policies that did not answer the questions asked.

The business collaboration platform Slack has said it will not “voluntarily” pass user data to U.S. authorities, failing to address concerns that Washington has the legal authority to conduct targeted surveillance of non-U.S. Citizens in the United States. ‘foreign.

“Overall, we were amazed at the number of companies that were unable to provide little more than a standard response,” said Schrems.

“The companies that provided answers are simply not complying with the CJEU ruling. It seems that most of the players in the industry still do not have a plan for moving forward. “

Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Edited by Susan Fenton

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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