Data protection considered by Huawei panel

NewsDayTT posted an article on January 21, 2021, about a Huawei panel looking into data protection and privacy. Below are some key highlights:

  • “In 2020, we never had a dull day in privacy,” said Dr Felix Witter, a partner with multinational law firm Fieldfisher, foreshadowing the issues that arose in an hourlong discussion on data protection hosted by Huawei on Tuesday morning.
  • The ruling brings into sharper relief the differences between the data protection regime in the European Union, governed by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in force since May 2018.
  • While the law may be the same across the European Union (EU), an uneven application and enforcement of fines has encouraged a surge in class-action lawsuits, as citizens take to the courts rather than approach state data protection agencies for a response to perceived infractions of GDPR.
  • The legal challenge by privacy activist Maximillian Schrems forced the court to reconsider the European Union (EU)-US Privacy Shield law and how it works in practice after Schrems pointed out that data gathered by Facebook in Ireland was headquartered in their US offices and potentially accessible to US intelligence agencies
  • For Witter, who was one of the experts on the panel at the event, the top issues for Europe arose in the wake of Schrems II, a judgement delivered by the European Court of Justice in July 2020
  • The ruling brings into sharper relief the differences between the data protection regime in the European Union, governed by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in force since May 2018
  • “Data can be exported if it is encrypted at a level that cannot be broken by the government of the receiving country,” Thomas said of GDPR. “But this is happening at the same time that there is a push for weaker encryption that allows government oversight, in the interests of battling terrorism.”
  • The legal challenge by privacy activist Maximillian Schrems forced the court to reconsider the European Union (EU)-US Privacy Shield law and how it works in practice after Schrems pointed out that data gathered by Facebook in Ireland was headquartered in their US offices and potentially accessible to US intelligence agencies.

 

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