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Privacy watchdogs give EU, US three months to negotiate new Safe Harbor deal

Peter Sayer | Oct. 20, 2015
If there's no new deal by the end of January, national data protection authorities threaten coordinated legal action against offending companies.

Those negotiations could form the basis of a new agreement, the working party said, as long as it includes obligations on the necessary oversight of access by public authorities, on transparency, on proportionality, on redress mechanisms and on data protection rights

If no new agreement has been reached by the end of January, the working party warned, its members would consider coordinated enforcement actions to ensure companies complied with EU data protection requirements.

Companies still relying on the old Safe Harbor agreement are now acting unlawfully, it said, adding that they should consider what technical or legal steps they need to take to protect the personal data they handle.


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