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Today, 28 February 2018, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), European Digital Rights (EDRi) and the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) issues a statement to welcome the European Commission’s political decision to safeguard EU citizens’ fundamental rights when negotiating data transfers and data protection in trade agreements.

This statement comes after the European Commission, on 31 January 2018, adopted provisions on data flows, data protection and privacy in trade deals. The decision means that the EU would be able to tackle protectionist practices in third countries, while ensuring that such trade agreements cannot be used to challenge EU rules on the protection of personal data.

The statement commends the Commission’s efforts not to negotiate on personal data protection and privacy in trade agreements.

Read the Statement here.