Irish Privacy Group lodges first legal challenge to validity of EU-US “Privacy Shield”

Irish Privacy Group lodges first legal challenge to validity of EU-US “Privacy Shield”

Digital Rights Ireland, an Irish privacy advocacy group, has lodged the first legal challenge to the EU-US “Privacy Shield”, less than two months since its formal adoption.

The privacy group has applied to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) applying for an annulment of Privacy Shield.

Privacy Shield, adopted on July 12th 2016, concluded that the United States has ensured an “adequate level of protection” for personal data transferred between the EU & the USA, despite widespread criticism that US domestic laws make it effectively impossible for US based data-processors to comply with the terms of the forthcoming GDPR. Under the terms of Privacy Shield, US-based data processors are allowed to self-certify their GDPR compliance.

In October 2015, the CJEU invalidated the predecessor to Privacy Shield, known as “Safe Harbor”, on the grounds that Safe Harbor failed to take account of overriding US legislation that permits US authorities (such as the NSA) to have access to personal data of EU citizens.

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the challenge - wizuda case studies

The board of a multinational medical device organisation required a secure, cloud-based solution which facilitated virtual board member collaboration on key documents in preparation for monthly board meetings.

The documentation was regularly of a highly commercially sensitive nature, largely relating to ongoing clinical trials, and as such demanded a secure and encrypted platform which could be implemented without the engagement of internal IT resources.

Key challenges that need to be  considered:

  • Geographically dispersed stakeholders
  • Highly commercially sensitive documentation
  • No internal IT involvement
  • Multiple stakeholders required to collaborate on
    single documents
the solution- wizuda case studies

Wizuda MFT gave them a centralised view of all their file transfer activities and a network overview of the data flows. IT now had instantly available reporting and could provide geographic maps and network overviews to senior management of all file transfer activities in the organisation. These could also be categorised in ways that made sense for the business from a priorities perspective. Wizuda’s unique ‘Health Check’ dashboard with automated monitoring and alerts, allowed them to manage all transfer operations proactively and ensured they were always on top of any issues.

From a GDPR compliance perspective, transfers could be linked to Data Protection Impact Assessments were required and data could be anonymised as part of the transfer process. Wizuda MFT enabled them to apply the latest security protocols for file transfers and encrypt data at rest and in transit. Passing cyber-security and GDPR compliance audits became a lot easier.

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