USA to strengthen Safe Harbour framework for data transfers

March 28, 2014

The Safe Harbour arrangements, in place since 2000, in the United States of America (the “USA”) regarding transfer of personal data from the European Union to the USA has been an imperfect vehicle for ensuring some form of compatibility in the processing of personal information, data protection and free movement of data by US organisations to a standard consistent with the EU Directive 95/46EC.    In November the European Commission issued quite a critical report on the functioning of the Safe Harbour arrangements.  It is found here.  It is, for practitioners in the privacy field, a very useful and informative document.  The conclusions and recommendations are:


Since its adoption in 2000, Safe Harbour has become a vehicle for EU-US flows of personal data. The importance of efficient protection in case of transfers of personal data has Read the rest of this entry »