After Safe Harbor: Bridging the EU-U.S. Data-Privacy Divide

After Safe Harbor: Bridging the EU-U.S. Data-Privacy Divide
Judges preside over a case at the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg, Oct. 6, 2015 (AP Photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert).

Depending on whom you talk to and what month it is, the United States and the European Union are either on the brink of a digital trade war or reaching a historic e-commerce deal. EU-U.S. cooperation over the trans-Atlantic digital economy seemed to first fall apart in October 2015, when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) struck down a critical data-sharing deal known as the Safe Harbor Agreement. In doing so, Europe’s highest court put major companies such as Facebook and IBM at risk of breaching EU privacy law by simply conducting their day-to-day business operations. National data-privacy authorities have […]

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