European Commission calls for urgent action from US on Safe Harbor

On 27 November the European Commission published the results of its review of the Safe Harbor scheme. The Safe Harbor scheme is of key importance to transatlantic trade as it is one of the main methods by which personal data may be lawfully transferred from the EU to the US.

The review was announced on 19 July this year following the controversy this summer over US intelligence surveillance.

The European Commission has found ‘a number of weaknesses’ with the Safe Harbor scheme. ‘Given the weaknesses identified’, the European Commission states, ‘the current implementation of Safe Harbor cannot be maintained.’ The European Commission has published a list of 13 urgent recommendations for the US to consider and implement by summer 2014. The European Commission will then conduct a further review of the Safe Harbor scheme…

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