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Civil society calls for EU trade agreements to protect personal data

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Civil society calls for EU trade agreements to protect personal data

In a letter to the leaders of the EU, EDRi and other signatories specifically mention Trade in Services Agreement, and recent speculation that clauses regarding processing and transfer of personal data could be included in it. 

The letter urges EU leaders to leave data flows regarding personal data out of TiSA and other trade agreements, saying that such agreements “are not suitable for shaping rules affecting fundamental rights and the rule of law in a democratic society.”

The letter further argues that although the general exception clause can be included to protect privacy and data protection, such clauses would ultimately be interpreted by trade dispute settlement bodies, which “ have the object and purpose of trade liberalisation, not the protection of human rights.”

If, however, the trade agreement is to include a general exception clause, the letter gives recommendations on what the clause should cover in order to guarantee that EU citizens’ privacy rights are respected.

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Teemu Henriksson

Date

2016-10-25 13:16

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