‘This is a Joke’: Snowden, Others Slam New EU-US Data Sharing Deal

by Lauren McCauley

“It’s not a ‘Privacy Shield,’ it’s an accountability shield,” said the NSA whistleblower

The European Commission on Tuesday touted a new deal that will continue to allow tech companies such as Google and Facebook to share user data overseas based on a promise from U.S. intelligence officials that EU citizens will not be subject to indiscriminate mass surveillance, in a move that critics said “sells out EU fundamental rights.”

“This is just a joke,” tweeted Jan Philipp Albrecht, European Parliament member and Green home affairs spokesperson, after the agreement was announced.


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