Privacy Shield and the Future of Europe
12 July 2016by Julie Brill, delivered to the Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin, Ireland
For the second time in less than a month, Europe stands on the threshold of history. As many Europeans are still trying to wrap their heads around the idea of a union without Britain, the European Commission has been moving toward ratification of a landmark data-protection agreement with the United States.
The agreement, known as Privacy Shield, will provide European citizens with unprecedented protections for their personal and commercial data. It will also make Europe a vital hub in the global flow of digital information.