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New data-sharing rules in operation

A controversial data-sharing system, intended to protect EU citizens' data from US surveillance, is now active.

As of 1 August, US companies that want to transfer European customers’ data across the Atlantic can sign up to the so-called Privacy Shield. The U.S. Department of Commerce “will then verify that their privacy policies comply with the high data protection standards required by the Privacy Shield,” the European Commission has said in a statement.

The EU-US Privacy Shield deal defines how personal data are transferred from Europe and used by US businesses. This pact ends several months of limbo since a previous agreement, called Safe Harbor, was struck down by the European Court of Justice in 2015—in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations of the extent of mass snooping by the US.

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