Safe Harbor in a Storm

February 06, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission has flexed its muscles in relation to the Safe Harbor privacy framework, but has it done enough to placate European sceptics?

The US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced on 21 January 2014 that it has entered into settlement agreements with twelve companies that allegedly falsely represented that they were current certified members of Safe Harbor. The FTC’s actions follow growing concern in Europe about the effectiveness of the US-EU data protection framework, which has come under greater scrutiny since last year’s revelations of NSA intelligence gathering.

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