IATE Term of the Week: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

April 14, 2017 10:02 am

MEPs recently expressed their concerns about the new rules allowing the US National Security Agency (NSA) to collect and share private data for commercial purposes without court orders, warrant or congressional authorisation also within the EU. The 6th April the Parliament adopted a resolution to ensure adequate personal data protection in compliance with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and with the new EU data protection rules. For this reason, the IATE Term of the Week is EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.
EU Priivacy Shield

As stated in the Guide to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield of the European Commission,

The Privacy Shield allows your personal data to be transferred from the EU to a company in the United States, provided that the company there processes (e.g. uses, stores and further transfers) your personal data according to a strong set of data protection rules and safeguards. The protection given to your data applies regardless of whether you are an EU citizen or not.

The Privacy Shield framework replaces the Safe Harbour Privacy Principles issued by the US Department of Commerce on July 21, 2000 and invalidated by the EU Court of Justice in 6th October 2015.

Here you can see the entry for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield in IATE:

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Written by Iris Rinner – Terminology trainee at the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament, BA in Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures from the University of Sassari and MA in Specialized Translation from the University of Vienna, and Serena Grementieri, – Terminology trainee at the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament, BA in Intercultural Linguistic Mediation and MA degree in Specialized Translation at the School of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Interpreting and Translation (ex-SSLMIT) of Forlì, University of Bologna.


  • European Parliament (2017) From Safe Harbour to Privacy Shield Advances and shortcomings of the new EU-US data transfer rules. Available at: http://bit.ly/2opMh9G (Accessed 10 April, 2017)
  • European Union (2016) Guide to the EU-U.S Privacy Shield. Available at: http://bit.ly/2aoeeKa (Accessed 10 April, 2017)
  • European Commission (n.d.) The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. Available at: http://bit.ly/29VXKJg (Accessed 10 April, 2017)
  • European Parliament (n.d.) Legislative train schedule. Available at: http://bit.ly/2oieT4j (Accessed 10 April, 2017)
  • EP News (2017) “Data Privacy Shield: MEPs alarmed at undermining of privacy safeguards in the US”, Press Releases. Available at: http://bit.ly/2nH2CTe (Accessed 10 April, 2017)
  • EP News (2017) “Privacy Shield: key deficiencies urgently need to be resolved, MEPs say”, Press Releases. Available at: http://bit.ly/2mxwkyx (Accessed 10 April, 2017)
  • International Trade Administration,U.S. Department of Commerce (n.d.) Privacy Shield Program Overview. Available at: http://bit.ly/2nZPVnw (accessed 10 April, 2017)

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