A key German privacy official has criticized the U.S. Department of Commerce for continuing to administer the Safe Harbor program, despite Europe's highest court having struck down the scheme last year. Johannes Caspar, the Hamburg data protection authority, last month levied fines on three U.S. multinationals — Adobe, Punica and Unilever — for continuing to use Safe Harbor as the basis for their trans-Atlantic data transfers. Now, Caspar is investigating more multinationals, as are his counterparts in other German states. And, according to the Hamburg DPA, the U.S. is not helping its companies. David Meyer reports in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor.
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