DP News – Week 20. Members of the European Parliament voted against EU-US Data Privacy Framework, while the AI Act moves forward in the parliament.
On 11 May, members of the European Parliament (namely, the Parliament’s Civil Liberties and Internal Market committees) voted for the final text of the AI Act.
As italian Member of European Parliament and AI Act co-rapporteur Brando Benifei said, “We are on the verge of building a real landmark legislation for the digital landscape, not only for Europe but also for the entire world”.
As for the next steps, then as Euractiv further reports, that would be “the plenary adoption, with 14 June as a tentative date. After MEPs formalise their position, the proposal will enter the last stage of the legislative process, kicking off the negotiations with the EU Council and Commission, so-called trilogues”.
At the same time, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) refused to approve the EU-US Data Privacy Framework which is expected to govern EU-US international transfers. This decision is non-binding, though.
According to the Parliament’s official website’s press release, MEPS “ argue that the European Commission should not grant the United States an adequacy decision deeming its level of personal data protection essentially equivalent to that of the EU and allowing for transfers of personal data between the EU and U.S. The text was adopted with 306 votes in favour, 27 against, and 231 abstaining.
According to the text, the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework is an improvement on previous frameworks, but does not provide for sufficient safeguards. MEPs note that the framework still allows for bulk collection of personal data in certain cases, does not make bulk data collection subject to independent prior authorisation, and does not provide for clear rules on data retention”.