Data Sharing with EU Could Change Under New Commerce Secretary

Wilbur Ross, President Donald Trump’s choice for the Secretary of Commerce, has announced that he will uphold the data-sharing agreement with the European Union (EU), but hinted that it might change in the future. His comments came on the same day that an electronic privacy group requested that the next administration strengthen the privacy protections in the deal. The current agreement between the continents, the “Privacy Shield,” allows U.S.-based businesses to send data to Europe without fear of running afoul of stronger European privacy laws. Ross said he believes there will be a tension between privacy and problems of localization and data. Without the agreement, U.S. businesses operating in the EU would face data localization laws and stricter data requirements.

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