Tag Archives: Safe Harbor

Shoring Up Safe Harbor: EU and U.S. Must Work Together to Rebuild Trust in EU-US Data Flows

Revelations of systematic mass surveillance of EU citizens’ data by the United States did little for transatlantic relations generally, and even less for the EU-US Safe Harbor scheme in particular. The European Commission (the ‘Commission’) conducted a review into whether Safe Harbor was still fit for the purpose of preserving EU citizens’ data protection rights … Continue Reading

U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Under Fire

As part of an on-going debate on the European data protection reform, doubts were cast over the adequacy of the Safe Harbor arrangements with the United States. Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, called the 13-year-old data-sharing agreement between the EU and the United States a potential “loophole for data … Continue Reading

European Companies Should Stop Sending Data to the U.S., German Privacy Officials Urge

Last week, Berlin looked to be taking some concrete steps to address shortcomings in data privacy treaties. Germany’s foreign and justice ministers sent a letter to their European counterparts suggesting that an “additional protocol” be added to Article 17 of the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights “that guarantees the protection of the … Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Commerce clarifies the rules on U.S.-EU Safe Harbor in Cloud Computing

In April, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) issued a document clarifying the application of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework to cloud computing (the clarification). The ITA believes the Safe Harbor framework is “comprehensive and flexible enough” to cover cloud computing in the same way as other data transfers. ITA reminded those … Continue Reading