European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli is apprehensive over the Privacy Shield proposal, Ars Technica reports. During the presentation of the EDPS annual report, Buttarelli spoke about his views on the proposals, and how they are “in full synergy” with last month’s Article 29 Working Party opinion. “We have serious concerns. We do. But now our task is not simply to copy and paste or repeat what our colleagues have said. We would like to be more proactive by focusing on potential solutions, for example what an 'essentially equivalent test' really means,” Buttarelli said. “We approach this file as a critical friend, and on the assumption that a solution for the transfer of data to a strategic partner like the U.S. is needed,” he said, adding that “robust improvements” to the current deal are needed.
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