- U.S. Privacy Shield Director Alex Greenstein told The Wall Street Journal efforts to replace the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield are ongoing. Greenstein noted the U.S. would like to "get something put in place as quickly as possible," but also mentioned the need for a "strong agreement that meets legal standards" in order to avoid a "fall to another legal challenge."
- The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Committee on Digital Economy Policy held a meeting last month to consider government access to personal data held by the public sector. Members from Australia, Canada, Japan, the U.K. and U.S. supported a set of principles giving "obliged access" for law enforcement to access data for investigations. The European Union supports giving the CDEP more time to "develop draft principles with a broader scope to cover all methods of government access." Meanwhile, Denmark's data protection authority, Datatilsynet, published guidance on data transfers to third countries.
- The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation released a report on increasing prevalence of global barriers to international data transfers. Measures to localize data have spiked since 2017, with the number of countries restricting cross-border data flows jumping from 35 to 62 and overall restrictions from 67 to 144. The ITIF listed China, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa as the countries most restrictive on data flows.
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