US-EU Safe Harbor Data Export Agreement at Risk as Result of NSA Spying Revelations

European privacy regulators alarmed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations of massive U.S. spying not just on terrorism suspects but also high profile EU politicians and businesses are threatening to scrap the thirteen year old transatlantic data-sharing mechanism used by more than 3,000 US companies to process EU citizen’s data in compliance with EU Privacy laws.
“A-Check complies with all data privacy requirements for transatlantic transmission, storage and disposal of EU citizens’ personal data,” said Carlos Lacambra, A-Check’s President. “A-Check’s privacy practices embraced the concepts outlined in the Safe Harbor framework long before our company officially certified compliance through the US Department of Commerce.”
Whether Safe Harbor ultimately remains or is replaced by another framework as a result of EU action remains to be seen, but it is clear influential forces within the European Parliament are not satisfied with the status quo.

“Should the current US-EU Safe Harbor Mechanism be abandoned and replaced, A-Check will continue to comply with EU data privacy requirements,” Lacambra said. “At this point,A-Check’s dedicated Compliance Department is monitoring developments in the European Parliament to ensure that A-Check makes any and all adjustments necessary to keep both our clients and A-Check compliant with International Data Security Legislation now and moving forward.”

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Obama Administration Releases Consumer Data Privacy Framework

The White House recently released a plan intended to promote trust in the digital economy and extend consumer privacy protections to commercial sectors that existing federal privacy laws do not address.

The Report calls for Congress to pass a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,” which would define seven rights for consumers utilizing the Internet:

  1. Individual control
  2. Transparency
  3. Respect for context
  4. Security
  5. Access and accuracy
  6. Focused collection
  7. Accountability

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would, through its authority to prohibit unfair or deceptive acts or practices, handle enforcement.

The Report also calls for increased interoperability between the privacy framework developed in the United States and other countries.

The White House urged Congress to enact the Consumer Bill of Rights into law.

“The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to personal data, which means any data, including aggregations of data, that is linkable to a specific individual,” said the White House.

Check out the full report here