30th October 2015

Competitiveness: Safe Harbor: Commissioner Jourová: EC to issue explanation, guidance for companies affected. Other positions included.(updated)


EU Commissioner for Justice Věra Jourová told European Parliament's civil liberties and justice committee on 26 October that the EC would soon issue an explanatory communication on the consequences of the ruling and guidance for companies affected. “The biggest challenge” for the EU-U.S. talks now is how to put “sufficient limitations and safeguards in place to prevent access or use of personal data on a ‘generalized basis’ and to ensure that there is sufficient judicial control,” she said, Bloomberg news agency informed. Read the Commissioner's remarks from 26 October.

Recently, the U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill said at the Amsterdam Privacy Conference: One step that’s not needed? A comprehensive privacy law in the U.S. “Although I support additional consumer privacy legislation in the U.S.,” she said, “I do not believe such legislation is prerequisite for a post-Schrems data transfer mechanism.” The regime the U.S. has in place, with strong safeguards for children’s data, financial data, health data and with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) oversight, creates a U.S. system of enforcement that is “strong and comprehensive,” she said. “But it is also maddeningly difficult to explain to my European colleagues.” Read the article.

Also, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Delivers Remarks at the AmCham Germany Annual Transatlantic Business Conference in Frankfurt.

Read also a blog post by Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection David Smith - The US Safe Harbor – breached but perhaps not destroyed!

Read also an article What to do next to remain compliant?

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic