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Consumer Privacy Across The Atlantic: Exploring The New EU-US Privacy Shield

  • 12:00 PM
  • Rayburn House Office Building

Privacy Shield

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Date: Thursday, March 24, 12:00 pm
Location: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2226
Follow: @NetCaucusAC | #PrivacyShield

Join us Thursday, March 24 for a discussion of newly negotiated EU-US Privacy Shield.

The predecessor to the Privacy Shield was the EU-US Safe Harbor, which was invalidated by a European Court back in October over surveillance concerns (watch prior event here). That court ruling triggered widespread concern over the effect on Internet businesses in the U.S.

Our event will feature officials from the European Commission and from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the entities that negotiated the EU-US Privacy Shield.


  • Andrea Glorioso, Eu Delegation to the US, Counselor: Digital Agenda & ICT (Bio)
  • Ted Dean, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, U.S. Department of Commerce (Bio)
  • Nancy Scola, POLITICO (Bio)


The Privacy Shield agreement is intended to guarantee the personal information of European Union citizens the same privacy protection when processed in the U.S. as it would receive at home.

Join us in a discussion about the European Commission-U.S. privacy negotiations that the Privacy Shield that is seeking to quell lingering debates.

The debate over data protection for Europeans continues to rock U.S. privacy policy. The new Privacy Shield could mean strictly enforced guidelines for the handling of Europeans’ information. After the European Court of Justice (ECJ) declared the US EU Safe Harbor digital privacy agreement invalid as part of a suit against Facebook, pressure has been mounting for an enforceable framework. Since the U.S. does not have a digital privacy law that the EU recognizes as “adequate” the Safe Harbor agreement served as a stop gap to assure that personal information of EU citizens could flow to U.S. Internet companies. The European court justified the scuttling of the Safe Harbor in large part by noting that NSA surveillance was unstoppable and renders the Safe Harbor an inadequate protection for Europeans’ personal information.

Under the Privacy Shield, U.S. intelligence agencies as well as private companies would be subject to new limits and oversights, while the Federal Trade Commission would field concerns from European citizens. The FTC would work closely with the EU Data Protection Authorities to exercize oversight over the transfer of data to third party companies.

Will the Privacy Shield succeed where Safe Harbor failed? And is there enough trust in the American government to uphold support from citizens who are already wary of the country’s methods of intelligence collection?


This widely attended educational briefing is hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Congressional staff and members of the press welcome. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and corporations. The ICAC takes no positions on legislation or regulation. Rather, it’s a neutral platform where thought leaders debate important technology issues that shape legislative and administration policy in an open forum. We vigilantly adhere to our mission to curate balanced and dynamic debates among Internet stakeholders. Our volunteer board members ensure that we dutifully execute that mission. More information on the ICAC is available at