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“1. Each party recognizes that the protection of personal data and privacy is a fundamental right. . . . Only a handful of countries, including Japan, have gained such access to EU data, and these adequacy decisions have become a carrot for EU trade negotiators to put partners around a table, because other countries are interested in accessing the region`s 500 million consumer data, according to officials involved in the negotiations. However, there may be doubts as to the impact of this provision and whether it will achieve the expected results. Article 2 gives both parties a great deal of leeway to protect the data protection standards they want without restriction. This could result in a situation in which the parties would be able to unilaterally adopt restrictive rules on cross-border data flows in light of their data protection legislation.

This could lead to insecurity and, eventually, a lack of transparency for digital service providers, both inside and outside Europe. In addition, the exclusion of data protection from the scope of the CSI dispels potential concerns about the rights of the parties to the regulation, but could complicate the handling of alleged violations. It is not yet clear that this would involve the exclusion of other means of settlement of investor-state disputes, so that possible infringements could only be resolved between the parties. He stressed that part of the EU`s aim was to export its data protection rules, including the introduction of data protection as a leading right in other countries` national legislation. This article fills in some of the gaps left open in previous trials. It is significant that it is based on the common understanding of data protection as a fundamental right by the parties and that it defines overall personal data in order to cover potential differences between the parties and to take into account a wide range of circumstances. In addition, both parties have the right to unilaterally take measures to maintain and define data protection safeguards in Point 2. From the EU`s point of view, this could include the choice of adopting or revoking a adequacy decision.

Finally, paragraph 5 refers to the judicial investment system (CII), which excludes from its scope the fundamental right to privacy and the ability of parties to take data protection measures. [60] Art. the EU`s principle that `protection of personal data is non-negotiable`. [61] The reason for this idea is clear: strong safeguards on fundamental privacy and data protection rights will boost confidence in the digital economy, which will promote cross-border data flow and make the EU more competitive. This position is also consistent with the fundamental status of the right to data protection under Article 8 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and Article 16 of the TFUE, which the RGPD seeks to respect. [62] In addition, such a measure should be taken under the Hat. a measure is not inconsistent or is considered arbitrary or unjustified discrimination between countries. [47] This could include the need for adequacy decisions, potentially arbitrary in nature, as well as sectoral agreements. For example, the decision to define agreements such as the data protection shield with some countries rather than others may not pass the test and may be considered unjustified discrimination. [48] Thus, in a hypothetical dispute, WTO decision-makers must make a comprehensive and important trade-off between political considerations based on the protection of individual rights and those of unbridled international trade. [13] The WTO`s e-commerce work programme concluded that “the provision of services electronically falls within the scope of the GATS.”


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