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Quick Take: Goodbye Safe Harbor, Hello EU-US Privacy Shield

Five Ways The EU And The US Will Change The Safe Harbor Framework

February 4, 2016

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Since 2000, firms operating across the Atlantic have used the US-EU Safe Harbor agreement as a means to lawfully transfer data concerning EU citizens to the US. However, on October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled the Safe Harbor agreement invalid. The ruling left many multinational firms worried about how they can continue to make legal data transfers. To the relief of many, on February 2, 2016, the EU Commission and United States finally agreed on a new framework for transatlantic data transfers. However, there are several ways in which the new framework differs from the prior Safe Harbor agreement. In this Quick Take, we outline those changes and give security and risk (S&R) pros actionable advice.

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