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Post LIBE Vote, Has the Safe Harbor Been Torpedoed?

GLOBAL INTEROPERABILITY—EU & U.S.

October 22, 2013

In light of the LIBE committee vote in the European Parliament, Christopher Wolf, founder and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, writes, “despite the fact that a Commission-initiated review of the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor is pending, it appears the LIBE Committee effectively has called for the end of the Safe Harbor.” In this Privacy Perspectives installment, Wolf looks at Article 43a of the proposed amended EU regulation—the so-called “anti-FISA clause”—to analyze what it could mean for the Safe Harbor moving forward. Wolf warns against abandoning the Safe Harbor and asks the European Parliament and Commission to “take a deep breath, and … take a dispassionate view of (its) effectiveness” before it’s effectively “blown up.”
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