In an opinion piece for ComputerWeekly, Morrison & Foerster’s Cynthia Rich writes that suspending the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor program under the assumption it facilitates NSA surveillance is misguided. Any of the data transfer mechanisms in the EU offer no protection against government surveillance, Rich says, and “shutting out U.S. companies may appeal to market protectionists, but in the end, will only disadvantage European consumers.” Further, Federal Trade Commission enforcement of Safe Harbor has been more rigorous than the European Commission claims, she writes. Meanwhile, San Jose Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy opines that the recent Target hack indicates that “the privacy war is over—and we lost.”
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