Is anyone surprised that U.S. tech firms are refusing to obey EU data transfer regulations?
Criminality is an integral part of the Silicon Valley ethos. That’s what, “Move Fast and Break Things,” means.
Technology firms’ compliance with European restrictions on transatlantic data transfers is shockingly poor, Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems said on Monday, publishing a survey here of companies including Facebook and Netflix.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in July that the data arrangement set up in 2016, called Privacy Shield, was invalid under Europe’s privacy framework because of concerns about U.S. surveillance.
Exercising the right of customers to ask companies how their data is handled under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the survey drew a mixed bag of responses – some firms did not respond and others gave misleading answers.
“Overall, we were astonished by how many companies were unable to provide little more than a boilerplate answer,” said Schrems.
“The companies that did provide answers largely are simply not complying with the CJEU judgment. It seems that most of the industry still does not have a plan as to how to move forward.”
This IS their plan for moving forward: Break the law and force the EU to go after them.
Until assets are seized, or executives are arrested, the lawbreaking will continue.