If there’s one hot-button topic bound to get privacy professionals paying attention, it’s Safe Harbor. The controversial program (in the EU, anyway) is the foundation by which thousands of companies move data across international borders. And yet it is constantly under fire, especially following the Snowden revelations of 2013. Before you see the U.S. Commerce Department discuss the matter with the CNIL tomorrow, or see the variety of conversations that will pit U.S. and EU privacy cultures today, bone up with this piece from Ernst-Oliver Wilhelm, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, who examines for Privacy Perspectives the skepticism the EU feels toward Safe Harbor and how Germany may very well be an early-warning system for data protection in the EU.
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