The Article 29 Working Party (A29 WP), the advisory body set up under the Data Protection Directive, comprising all the EU national data protection regulators, has issued its Opinion on the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield. The A29 WP welcomed the “significant improvements” brought by the Privacy Shield, but also expressed “strong concerns on both the commercial aspects and the access by public authorities to data transferred under the Privacy Shield”. It urged the Commission to resolve their concerns and to provide the requested clarifications to improve the draft adequacy decision and to ensure that the protection offered by the Privacy Shield is equivalent to in the EU. The Opinion is non-binding, but one which will guide and inform European Member States’ decision as to whether or not to approve the Privacy Shield. For further details of the A29 WP’s concerns, follow the links to their statement and our more detailed blog.