The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Information Freedom has officially warned the city’s senate chancellery about using the on-demand version of Zoom video-conferencing.

Its employment the breaches EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) because there is insufficient protection for data being transferred to a third country, the US.

That principle was established by the European Court of Justice in the Schrems II case a year ago.

“A data transfer is therefore possible only under very close restrictions, which are not available in the planned use of Zoom by the senate chancellery,” said the commission, adding council video meetings are at risk of being exposed to mass surveillance in the US.

The data protection authority raised its concerns with the council, but no rethink was forthcoming.

Referring to the formal warning now issued, data commissioners Ulrich Kuehn said: “It is more than regrettable that it had to come to such a formal step.”

He added unproblematic video conferencing systems are available. 

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