back to article First annual review of Privacy Shield gives it a resounding... 'adequate'

The first annual review of the Privacy Shield agreement that governs transatlantic data flows has come back with a solid, unsurprising mark of "adequate". The agreement – which rose from the ashes of the Safe Harbour framework that was ruled invalid after being challenged by privacy activist Max Schrems – aims to protect …

  1. David Roberts Silver badge
    Unhappy

    So,

    Nobody is currently bothering to police the agreement. Sounds effective.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: So,

      But when they make the ombudsperson's job permanent then he/she will have total power over the US intelligence agencies

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: So,

        Permanent appointment, under the UPOTUS regime?, dream on.

      2. DropBear
        Trollface

        Re: So,

        "But when they make the ombudsperson's job permanent then he/she will have total power over the US intelligence agencies"

        Naturally! They'll get entrusted with a very serious-looking briefcase with an even more serious-looking Big Red Switch labelled "Snooping ON/OFF". It might even require multiple simultaneously inserted keys! There will be no antenna, of course, no need - it all works by, uh, quantum entanglement...

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I love self certification.

    I'm a self certified ninja in my spare time.

    1. big_D Silver badge

      It is like the CE mark for electrical goods, you can self certify that you are compliant. It works fine, until a customer requires certified proof that your device fulfills the requirements, then you have to get it independently certified.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Facepalm

        Re : until a customer requires certified proof...

        Aaaaand that's when the wheels come off of this entire agreement...

        1. big_D Silver badge

          Re: Re : until a customer requires certified proof...

          Yep. Although our production manager was a stickler for detail and our terminals passed on the first try, the TÜV examiner said most devices need at least one re-test before they get official certification.

          Most big players get things properly certified straight away, because they need to have external certification in order to sell into many businesses. But for small production runs, it adds a large expense to the cost of the device - excluding your own time and destruction testing of devices, the certification process can quickly run into five figures.

          We also did a TÜVit system security certification for one of our IT systems, that was also very interesting.

  3. Wolfclaw

    Jourová said that "so far there have been practically no complaints", so another clear answer, is that a yes or no, that the US 3 letter agencies have behaved and haven't intercepted data illegally or US companies given it away freely or under a gagging order ?

    1. Captain DaFt

      Jourová said that "so far there have been practically no complaints", so another clear answer, is that a yes or no, that the US 3 letter agencies have behaved and haven't intercepted data illegally or US companies given it away freely or under a gagging order ?

      Try not to read too much into this.

      The average schmo knows nothing, or next to nothing about it, so doesn't complain.

      The TLAs and US companies are mostly content, with their only complaint being; "We're not quite getting 100% of the data!"

  4. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    the European Commission has ruled that it provides an "adequate" level of protection for personal data.

    Let's just see what the ECJ says, shall we?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Praise

    "...offering praise for the US government's efforts to date, no matter how small."

    Well, it was the least they could do.

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