Irion, K., S. Yakovleva & M. BartlTrade and privacy: Complicated bedfellows? How to achieve data protection-proof in free trade agreements


Kristina Irion, Svetlana Yakovleva & Marija Bartl

Juli 2016

Institute for Information Law, unabhängige Studie beauftragt von BEUC et al.

This independent study assesses how EU standards on privacy and data protection are safeguarded from liberalization by existing free trade agreements (the General Agreement of Trade in Services (GATS) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)) and those that are currently under negotiation (the Trans-atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)). It was jointly commissioned by the European Consumer Organization (BEUC), the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) and European Digital Rights (EDRi), and executed by the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam.

Based on the premise that the EU does not negotiate its privacy and data protection standards, the study clarifies safeguards and risks in respectively the EU legal order and international trade law. In the context of the highly-charged discourse surrounding the new generation free trade agreements under negotiation, this study applies legal methods in order to derive nuanced conclusions about the preservation of the EU’s right to regulate privacy and the protection of personal data.

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