Thune Statement on EU-US “Privacy Shield” Data Transfer Agreement

February 2, 2016

WASHINGTON  — U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, provided the following statement on steps toward an EU-U.S. data-transfer deal to replace the stricken “Safe Harbor” for trans-Atlantic data flows.
“American and European businesses and consumers increasingly rely on trans-Atlantic data exchanges as part of a longstanding and mutually-beneficial trade relationship. This agreement is a needed victory for job creation efforts in an already turbulent global economic situation. I urge the EU and the U.S. Department of Commerce to implement the new EU-U.S. ‘Privacy Shield’ agreement without delay."

In October, Chairman Thune helped lead a bipartisan and bicameral group of over 50 lawmakers who urged U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Federal Trade Comission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez in a letter to redouble efforts on finalizing a successor agreement to the stricken “Safe Harbor.”