TTIP, TiSA and European data protection
The US is exerting heavy pressure on the EU in its negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to waive legislation placing restrictions on data-sharing with third countries. The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), which would succeed the GATS agreement, goes even further in hollowing out EU privacy law. To abandon localized data protection arrangements in the EU would be to surrender fundamental rights to economic interest. Political scientist Ralf Bendrath explains.