Analysis: Will we reach a new safe harbor?


What’s the buzz about safe harbor?

Following a complaint lodged by Austrian law student Max Schrems the European Court of Justice threw out a fifteen year old agreement which regulated the transfer of European data to the United States. EU data is per-se not allowed to be transferred out of the EU due to privacy concerns, but because of the high standards of U.S. privacy laws, the European Commission had agreed to the safe harbor agreement in 2000, where U.S. companies could be certified to transfer European data to stateside servers. Continue reading