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Google calls for secure ‘data transfer framework’ between US and EU

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Google is calling on US and EU lawmakers to establish new rules for a secure data transfer framework.

Kent Walker, president of global affairs and chief legal officer of Google, published a blog post on Wednesday about the current data framework that is causing problems between the United States and the European Union.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in 2018 as a data privacy law to provide more privacy to citizens, better understand their rights when transmitting personal data and encourage organizations to take more care when handling information.

Under the GDPR, organizations must ensure that personal data is collected lawfully and under strict conditions. In addition, those who collect and manage the data must protect it against misuse or exploitation and respect the rights of the owners of the data, under penalty of sanctions.

Issues between US tech companies and the GDPR are ongoing. Last week, the Austrian Data Protection Authority (DSB) decided that a local Austrian website had breached the GDPR by using Google Analytics. The DSB said Google Analytics did not provide an adequate level of protection for user data.

This isn’t the first time Google has been in hot water with GDPR. In 2019, the French data protection authority, the CNIL, imposed a fine on Google. The CNIL alleged that the tech giant breached transparency rules when processing people’s data for advertising purposes.

Google’s current position is clear: it wants more transparency between the US and the EU when it comes to GDPR. “A sustainable framework – which provides stability for businesses offering valuable services in Europe – will help everyone, at a critical time for our economies,” Walker wrote.

Walker warned that if a framework is not created and data flows become blocked, it “would highlight the lack of legal stability of international data flows faced by the entire European and American commercial ecosystem. “.