Donald Trump has only just taken up the role of president of the US and he seems to be determined to take one controversial measure after another.
An executive order that he signed in his first days in office is potentially threatening the 6-month-old EU-US Privacy Shield agreement.
In short, the order strips non-US citizens of their privacy rights. Here is what section 14 of the freshly signed Executive Order says:
“Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law, ensure that their privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information.” (the entire Executive Order can be found on the White House’s website)
Its declared purpose is to “ensure the public safety of the American people in communities across the United States as well as to ensure that our Nation’s immigration laws are faithfully executed”.
However, this decision apparently invalidates America’s part of the Privacy Shield and could suspend the agreement altogether. MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on data protection regulation, has already reacted on Twitter, also supporting the idea that in this case, the EU has to suspend the Privacy Shield and sanction the US:
The potential Privacy Shield breach is not the only issue, though
There’s another elephant in the room. It remains unclear why immigrants are the only threat to the US national security and should be discriminated as such.
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