Plenary speech – Adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework

President, Commissioner, Council, Colleagues

To start with, I would like to recognize Commission’s negotiation efforts and the legal steps taken by the Biden Administration.

But this new framework is still not enough to fill our citizens with full confidence that their rights will be adequately protected. There are still too many uncertainties.

First, there is theoverall legal uncertainty about the executive order that can be overturned at any time by the President of the U.S.

Second, there is uncertainty over whether our citizens will have access to effective judicial redress. Let me remind that even the Commission themselves have told the Parliament that they wish for this judicial redress system to be tested – implying that it remains to be seen whether it actually is effective.

Third, uncertainty whether the adequacy decision will stand the test of the Court of Justice, notably on bulk data collection.

Our citizens deserve clarity and certainty. Therefore I urge the Commission not to rush to adopt another adequacy decision before these legitimate concerns, as well as those raised by this House, are adequately addressed.  

Thank you!

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