Based in Brussels, Eline Chivot is a senior adviser on digital policy at the European People’s Party (EPP), the centre-right, pro-European political party which gathers over 70 national parties from 40 countries. Her role includes consolidating and fostering the party’s knowledge and positions regarding the public policies that impact the technology sector, its actors, and the data economy. Throughout this experience and her previous positions, Eline covers European technology policies as diverse as those relating to content liability and moderation, disinformation, data protection and privacy, emerging technologies like AI, competition policy and antitrust.
Prior to joining the EPP, Eline was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation, a D.C. and Brussels-based research institute affiliated with the Innovation and Technology Information Foundation (ITIF). Eline also worked at DIGITALEUROPE, one of Brussels’ largest trade associations where she managed relations with representatives of the tech industry, and as a policy analyst at the Hague Center for Strategic Studies (HCSS) in the Netherlands, developing research projects on defence, security, and economic policy issues.
As digital business is one of the fastest-growing areas internationally, will the economic stakes prove just as important as the political ones? Will the rapid growth of the digital economy become a decisive factor in finding a common ground in the digital policy between the EU and the US? (on transatlantic data flows, but also other issues such as AI regulation, anti-trust cases against big tech etc.) What should be the key principles behind the next generation of laws ruling the digital sphere?
While data transfers are at the heart of the transatlantic economy, they have long been plagued by Europe’s doubts about privacy protections in the US. In July 2020, the EU Court of Justice ruled that the EU-US Privacy Shield did not offer adequate protection for data of EU citizens when shipped overseas because of the intrusive nature of the US surveillance laws.
The verdict heavily affected the $7.1 trillion data transfer relationship between the US and the EU. The ruling touched more than 5,300 companies whose business models were based on data transfer from the EU, including many tech giants.