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German Regulator: Terminate U.S. Safe Harbor

PRIVACY LAW

July 26, 2010

On the 10th anniversary of the European Commission's agreement to recognize the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) "safe harbor" principles, Schleswig-Holstein Data Protection and Privacy Commissioner Thilo Weichert is calling for an end to the agreement. According to a release issued by Germany's Independent Centre for Privacy Protection (ULD), an Australian study due to be released next month has revealed widespread compliance issues among the 2,170 U.S. companies that "claim to be safe harbor privileged," including lack of information on how to enforce individual rights, high-priced dispute resolution options and a minimal number of U.S. Federal Trade Commission prosecutions for false claims of certification  "From a privacy perspective, there is only one conclusion to be drawn from the lessons learned--to terminate safe harbor immediately," Weichert said.
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