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NFTC Welcomes U.S.-EU Privacy Shield Agreement
Date: 2/2/2016
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, (202) 822-9491

Washington DC – Today, National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) President Bill Reinsch issued the following statement in response to news that the United States and European Union have reached agreement on a Privacy Shield Agreement.

"We welcome today's announcement and are pleased that the U.S. and EU governments have reached agreement on a new framework to ensure transatlantic data flows.

"In today's global economy, cross-border data flows are critical to doing business. To support already robust U.S.-EU trade and investment relations, companies need the ability to transfer data across the Atlantic, while also ensuring privacy.

"Commerce in the 21st century is supported by numerous data-driven services and applications that are critical to consumers, entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes – underscoring the need for data to flow.

"Today's announcement is an important step forward, and we urge European officials to recognize this agreement and continue to affirm and develop other pathways to permit the free flow of data."

In October 2015, following the EU ruling on the Safe Harbor Agreement, the NFTC called for quick and responsible follow up to permit consumers and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic to continue to engage in commerce in a manner that benefits consumers and businesses of all sizes while at the same time ensuring proper data safeguards.
 

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