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The Successor to Safe Harbor – a Privacy Shield Full of Holes

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Apr 18, 2016 2:18:57 PM

It has been a major topic for months – shortly after the expiry of the set amnesty period, the USA and EU agreed on a follow-up agreement to "Safe Harbor". The objective is to define binding regulations for the exchange of data between Europe and the USA and to limit access to user data from Europe in the USA. At the end of 2015, the European Court of Justice overturned the original agreement after it had been in force for more than 15 years on the grounds of concerns relating to data protection laws. This decision left several thousand companies which regularly transfer personal data from Europe to the USA and store and process it there unsure of their legal situation and also means that they run the risk of hefty financial penalties under EU law.

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Topics: privacy, cloud, safe harbor, data protection