There will be some significant changes on the horizon regarding how private information is transferred between European Union nations and the United States. Modifying the flow of data across these international borders may have a negative impact on commerce and has the potential to affect all European technology users. On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice found invalid “Safe Harbor,” the framework for how United States companies transfer personal data of European Economic Area citizens.
Back to the Beginning: The Data Protection Directive
Part of the European Union privacy and human rights law, the Data Protection Directive was adopted by [...]
The Safe Harbor framework deals with privacy protection around the transfer of personal data between organizations in European Union (EU) member states to organizations located in the United States. This article explores the purposes and requirements of the Safe Harbor framework. It also provides information for US-based organizations who may participate in the Safe Harbor framework.
What is Safe Harbor?
In October 1998, the European Commission Directive on Data Protection went into effect. The Directive prohibited the transfer of personal data from EU member states to non-EU nations that did not meet the adequacy standard of privacy protection. There are significant differences [...]
Information Privacy is an International concern. Today, most countries have laws protecting personal data from misuse and destruction. Regulation and enforcement of data protection varies from country to country. However, despite such differences, almost every country uses the same basic privacy concepts and principles– notice, access, consent, data integrity, disclosure and accountability– to develop data protection [...]