Breach, Data Security

U.S. uses TiSA talks to seek breach investigation immunity for American companies

The U.S. came to the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) talks in Geneva in December ready to negotiate immunity from online security breach investigations for U.S. companies, leaked documents show, according to a report in The Guardian.

If the terms are accepted, the U.S. companies doing business in the EU would be beyond the reach of regulators and law enforcement in the host country. As a result, European governments would have to turn to U.S. courts to go after those companies for breaches or negligence. And EU data protection laws could be diluted.

The leaked documents, obtained by the Associated Whistleblowing Press, prove that the U.S. “wants to use its trade agenda to remove restrictions to data being held or processed in other countries,” Rosa Pavanelli, general secretary of Public Services International (PSI), said in The Guardian report.

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