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Schrems: biggest privacy issue between EU and US is cultural

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Schrems: biggest privacy issue between EU and US is cultural

In the EU, the thinking is that anything that isn’t explicitly forbidden by law is permissible. However, in the US laws are more permissive, and proof of actual misconduct needs to be presented for a case to go to court, Max Schrems said in an interview with IAPP.

In other words, European courts “essentially expect the worst”, while in the US government agencies assure the people that they do not engage in the most invasive type of surveillance that the law permits.

This difference in thinking hampered Privacy Shield discussions, which according to Schrems is “basically Safe Harbour again”, and which he similarly expects to be brought down at EU courts. 

On the other hand, Schrems sees the EU General Data Protection Regulation as a step in the right direction, as it includes a far higher maximum penalty than many national legislations do, thus strengthening the incentive for companies to obey data protection requirements,

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Teemu Henriksson

Date

2016-12-01 13:32

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