Monday 28 May 2018

Safe Harbour's demise leaves data laws all at sea

The public, in general, is becoming more aware about their rights enshrined within data protection law, and are beginning to question how companies use their information
The public, in general, is becoming more aware about their rights enshrined within data protection law, and are beginning to question how companies use their information

Mike Morrissey

The European Court of Justice has determined the Safe Harbour agreement between the EU and the US to be invalid. But what is Safe Harbour, and why should you care?

We are all very familiar with Edward Snowden and the activities of the NSA and GCHQ, which his whistleblowing revealed to a shocked world in 2013. The reaction to that has been mixed, from abhorrence to lack of interest, with most of us in between - ultimately uncomfortable, but not overly concerned.

One of the victims of the fallout was an agreement between the EU and the US, called Safe Harbour, effectively a self-registering method to allow US firms declare that they would process the personal data of European citizens in line with European data protection legislation.

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