According to Vestager, the new data transfer agreement between the EU and the US is on trial

A data transfer deal agreed between the European Union and the United States last week is likely to end up in court, just like the previous two pacts it replaces, EU technology chief Margrethe Vestager said on Monday.

The 27-nation bloc and the United States announced the preliminary data transfer agreement on Friday.

It seeks to end the limbo thousands of companies have found themselves in after Europe’s top court threw out the previous two pacts over US surveillance concerns.

Thousands of companies have found themselves in a legal quagmire as they transfer Europeans’ personal data across the Atlantic for human resources management, online sales and other activities.

“I suspect it will actually be tested in court, but I know how much they’ve worked to make sure it’s solid.

“But of course that remains to be seen,” Ms Vestager said in an interview with Reuters.

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, whose campaign over the risk of US intelligence agencies leaking European data in a long-running dispute with Facebook owner Meta led to a court veto, has said he is ready to challenge the new deal if this fails to comply with EU laws.

Under the tentative agreement, the US government committed to establishing an independent redress mechanism that includes a Privacy Review Court to adjudicate claims, while US intelligence agencies will institute procedures to monitor emerging privacy and civil liberties standards.

It could be months before a definitive deal is finalized. According to Vestager, the new data transfer agreement between the EU and the US is on trial

Fry Electronics Team

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