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Privacy Storm Threatens Safe Harbour

Source: Mediaskill OHG
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  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    If the U.S. fails to sufficiently comply with strict E.U. data privacy laws, there is a real risk that it could be denied privileged access to European markets.

  • Facts


    • The Safe Harbor program allows U.S. businesses to keep trading in Europe provided they meet strict data security rules.
    • It has been criticized as being too lax and open to abuse.
    • The United States has no federal policy on private data security.
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At the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Mauritius this month, experts were focusing on one particular question. “What is the future of “Safe Harbour?”

Unfortunately almost everybody still avoids the truth: If you want to save the “Safe Harbour” principles you need to push for effective privacy legislation in the United States.

When the European Commission was negotiating the “Safe Harbour” principles in 2000 the digital market was just evolving. It agreed to a set of principles to safeguard the application of basic data protection principles during data transfer from the E.U. market to the U.S. market.

But at the same time, it allowed U.S. businesses to easily continue offering their products and services in Europe – although the data protection directive from 1995 was putting strict rules on them.

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