Civil society group releases updates regarding its 101 complaints on EU-US data transfers

In August, noyb, a European civil society group, filed 101 complaints against several companies based in Europe for failing to comply with the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) judgement of 16 July 2020. This judgement deems data transfers to Google and Facebook in the US under the Privacy Shield illegal because Google and Facebook are subject to US surveillance laws. As of 22 September, only two companies and one university have contacted noyb – all of them based in Liechtenstein. They were able to prove that they had removed code elements for Google Analytics and Facebook Connect from their websites. noyb subsequently withdrew the complaints against these entities before the Liechtenstein data protection authority. At the EU level, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has set up a special task force to deal with the 101 complaints.