11:53 GMT16 June 2021
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    A special counsel with Prokaseur international law firm claims that a call by an advocate general for the EU Court of Justice to suspend personal data sharing between Brussels and Washington will put necessary pressure on the United States to speed up reaching a compromise in the ongoing EU-US Safe Harbor deal negotiations.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova — A call by an advocate general for the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) to suspend personal data sharing between Brussels and Washington will put necessary pressure on the United States to speed up reaching a compromise in the ongoing EU-US Safe Harbor deal negotiations, a special counsel with Prokaseur international law firm told Sputnik.

    Advocate General Yves Bot accused Washington of indiscriminate surveillance in his written opinion to CJEU on Wednesday. If it is upheld in the court's final ruling, it could undermine the US-EU Safe Harbor agreement on the exchange of data for commercial purposes between big tech companies, being negotiated by the sides.

    “Such a recommendation from the advocate general is going to put some pressure on the ongoing negotiations and perhaps enable [them] to reach a compromise faster,” Cecile Martin, a special international labor and employment counsel, said.

    She added that if the Court decides to follow the advocate general’s opinion and declare Safe Harbor invalid, it would have a very detrimental impact on relations between Brussels and Washington, at a moment when Safe Harbor is still being negotiated.

    "I think that rather than invaliding the Safe Harbor, it would be better to speed up the current negotiations between the EU and the US in order to reinforce the existing Safe Harbor," Martin stressed.

    The Safe Harbor talks were temporarily halted in 2013 after documents revealed by Edward Snowden showed widespread spying practices of the US National Security Agency (NSA).

    In August, media reports suggested that the sides were negotiating the final details of the deal.


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