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U.S. & EU Close to a Decision on Safe Harbor

November 30, 2015

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There are indications that the U.S. and EU are close to a decision on Safe Harbor according to this Nov. 30 article in Politico, “EU hopes for new ‘safe harbor’ deal with US by January.”

The article states:

  • “The United States and European Union will take stock December 17 on negotiations over data transfers across the Atlantic.”
  • EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová is quoted as saying:
    • “… replacement legislation to the safe harbor pact will be reviewed. The Commission aims to conclude negotiations in January 2016.”
    • “the Commission is looking to involve European privacy watchdogs more closely.”
    • “both European data protection authorities and the Federal Trade Commission of the United States will implement the requirements and deal with the complaints of citizens.”

There have also been several articles regarding Jourová’s speech at the Brookings Institution on Nov. 13 showing confidence that the U.S. and EU are on track to reach an agreement on a new Safe Harbor before the Jan. 31 deadline. Click the links below to read what Jourová is saying about the status of the new Safe Harbor:

  • E.U.: New Safe Harbor Deal will be done by deadline via FedScoop
  • Speech by Commissioner Jourová: The future of U.S.-EU data transfer arrangements at the Brookings Institution via
  • Jourová: New Safe Harbor Deal Will Meet January Deadline via IAPP Daily Dashboard

With the Commerce Department committing to stronger oversight and with greater cooperation between European DPAs and the FTC, having accountability-on-demand against the new requirements will be crucial.

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