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Safe Harbor’s in Trouble—Unless You Ask the U.S.

DATA TRANSFER—EU & U.S.

November 19, 2013

The U.S. Department of Commerce says Safe Harbor is still viable, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says it has rigorously enforced compliance with the data-transfer mechanism. But privacy regulators and politicians from European countries—Germany in particular—seem hell-bent on putting an end to the agreement and are calling the U.S.’s bluff everywhere but on paper. So far. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, talks with FTC Commissioner Julie Brill, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Covington & Burling’s Henriette Tielemans and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Christopher Kuner, both in Brussels, about the impact of new accusations that as many as 400 companies are violating Safe Harbor and what to expect in the European Commission’s December report on the pact’s viability. “I can’t overstress the hostility toward it here,” Kuner said. (Editor's Note: A panel including representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Commerce, European Commission and CNIL will speak about "Safe Harbour: Lessons Learned and Protocols" at the IAPP Data Protection Congress, Dec. 10-11, in Brussels.)
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