In response to a report earlier this week that Yahoo, at the behest of the U.S. government, scanned millions of incoming emails, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner has said it is “making enquiries.” European politicians are also calling on the European Commission to look into the matter while saying this case could present an imminent challenge to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. A spokesman for the BEUC, an umbrella group for European consumer organizations, has called on the Article 29 Working Party to investigate as well. Paul Hastings attorney Ashley Winton said, if the report is true, EU data protection authorities would likely deem such bulk scanning as inconsistent with the principles laid out in the Shield agreement. The New York Times has reported more details of the Yahoo scanning case.
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