Last week, the European Commission published the text of the new Privacy Shield, which will govern the lawful transfer of data between the EU and US following the abolition of the previous data sharing agreement, Safe Harbour, by a ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). A few days later, the UK government published an updated version of the Investigatory Powers Bill (the so-called ‘snoopers’ charter’) for presentation to parliament.
Privacy Shield covers the obligations of non-EU commercial organizations and governments when handling data of EU citizens. The Investigatory Powers Bill will regulate the role of security services and police in the UK for UK citizens’ data. Should Britain vote to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum, the interplay of between these two could be devastating for UK digital industries.