Governments around the world now use our personal information to pose threats over each other. The actual or potential control that a foreign country has over domestic personal data highly impact geopolitical relations, but also cross-border business flows and compliance requirements. What’s happening around Huawei, the TikTok ban or Wechat are the best known examples of the weaponization of personal data, that is unlikely to stop anytime soon.[Read more…] about The Weaponization of Personal Data: When National Security Meets Privacy (TikTok, Huawei, WeChat…)
OPINION. In its fight against Covid-19, China makes intensive use of the personal data of its people, while the EU doesn’t – yet. Big data analytics “for the common good”, including large-scale monitoring of population movements and identification of potential cases is a significant innovation in the management of this epidemic. This should be done, but with privacy in mind.[Read more…] about We Should Weaponize Personal Data to Fight Covid-19, with Privacy in Mind
Will the EU Standard Contractual Clauses survive the new battle between Facebook and Maximilian Schrems? On October 3, 2017, the Irish High Court issued a decision requesting the CJEU to evaluate the validity of the EU Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs). These clauses are used to export personal data collected in the European Economic Area (EEA) to a third country.
By this decision, the High Court acknowledges that there are “well-founded grounds for believing that [the EU Standard Contractual Clauses] are invalid,” and that it is therefore necessary to refer them to the CJEU to ensure uniform data protection in the EU (see paragraph 338 of the judgment).