The privacy complaint targets the European Parliament’s antivirus test site

On Friday, a privacy activist filed a complaint with an EU watchdog about the European Parliament’s COVID-19 test app for its staff, saying it may be illegally transferring data to the United States.

The Austrian privacy group Noybaid, led by Max Schrems, had taken his case to the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) on behalf of six EU lawmakers. Schrems, an Austrian figure and leading figure in the European digital rights movement against intrusive data collection by Silicon Valley tech giants, has prosecuted two cases against Facebook , winning historic judgments that forced the social network to change the way it handles user data in Europe.

The complaint said EU lawmakers on access to the virus test site, found it had sent over 150 third-party requests, including requests to US companies Google and Stripe, in violation of an EU court ruling in July last year. Some of these third-party requests concerned user data in targeted advertising and to allow the software to run smoothly.

“The main issues raised are the deceptive cookie banners of an internal corona test website, the vague and unclear data protection notice and illegal data transfer to the United States,” Noybaid said in a statement. Cookies are used by companies to track online browsing behavior, which is essential for online advertising.

Schrems said the EU parliament should have known better. “Public authorities, and EU institutions in particular, must set a good example to respect the law. This also applies when it comes to data transfers outside the EU. By using US suppliers, the European Parliament has allowed US authorities to access the data of its staff and members. “

The EDPS confirmed the receipt of the complaint. The European Parliament did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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News Highlights:

  • Some of these third-party requests concerned user data in targeted advertising and to allow the software to run smoothly. “The main issues raised are the deceptive cookie banners of an internal corona test website, the vague and unclear data protection notice and illegal data transfer to the United States,” Noybaid said in a statement.
  • The privacy complaint targets the European Parliament’s antivirus test site