Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, chairman of the Article 29 Working Party.
Exceptions in the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield framework that would allow the US to carry out mass surveillance of EU citizens are "not acceptable," the Article 29 Working Party of EU data protection authorities said today in a press conference.
The Chairman of the group, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, explained that the Article 29 Working Party would look with "great interest" on the forthcoming ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on whether mass surveillance of EU citizens could be legal. If the CJEU finds that the surveillance carried out by GCHQ is unlawful, it would have a big impact on the national security exceptions included in Privacy Shield.
Falque-Pierrotin said that the data protection authorities also had some concerns about the independence and effectiveness of the Privacy Shield ombudsperson who will deal with complaints from Europeans about how their data has been used by the NSA.