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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Commission Aims to Finalize Safe Harbor Talks in Coming Weeks

On July 23, the European Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourová met in Brussels with US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to continue discussions, begun in November 2013, about strengthening the Safe Harbor framework.  According to a press release issued by the Commission, Jourová welcomed the progress made to date and "aims for a finalisation of discussions in the coming weeks."  Reports that an agreement is almost in hand have been been made on several occasions over the past year.  Further delays could undercut the ability of the two sides to reach a conclusion, since highly relevant compromises may be reached first by the participants in the GDPR trilogue negotiations.

Update on 8/8/15:  During the first week of August there were additional reports that the U.S. and the Commission were "close to a deal" on Safe Harbor, with an agreement to be announced before the end of the summer. While holding one's breath in anticipation of such a development would hardly be advisable, it is noteworthy that both Reuters and Banking Technology claim that a key focus of the new agreement will be stronger controls on transfer of personal data by Safe Harbor participants to third parties.  A December 2014 post on CNIL objections to Safe Harbor fleshes out two specific concerns relating to data transfers to third parties under Safe Harbor.

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