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Parliamentary questions
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5 April 2017
Answer given by Ms Jourová on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000636/2017

Following the adoption by President Trump of his Executive Order of 25 January 2017 on ‘Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States’, the Commission has carried out a preliminary analysis of its impact on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.(1) The Commission concluded that the Order has no relevance, given that this framework does not build on the protections provided by the U.S. Privacy Act.

The Commission has nonetheless requested clarifications from the U.S. authorities. By letter dated 22 February 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice has officially confirmed that Section 14 of the Executive Order does not affect the commitments the U.S. has made under the Privacy Shield.

This being said, the Commission services are in contact with their U.S. counterparts on these issues and will continue to monitor any developments in U.S. law that might have an impact on the data protection rights of Europeans when their personal data are transferred across the Atlantic.

(1)Reply Ares(2017)532581 to Sophie in 't Veld, Member of Parliament, of 31 January 2017 : https://europa.d66.nl/publicaties/commission-on-implications-trump-decisions-for-privacy-shield-and-umbrella-agreement/

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