FTC Raps 12 Cos. For Lapsing On EU Safe Harbor Compliance

Law360, New York (January 21, 2014, 7:08 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission followed advice from European Union privacy enforcers and took action Tuesday against a dozen companies accused of fudging their adherence to the safe harbor agreement governing data transfers between the U.S. and the EU.

In administrative suits, the FTC alleged that the companies falsely told consumers that they were abiding by the U.S.–EU safe harbor framework and had been certified as such by the U.S. Department of Commerce, when in reality their certifications had expired.

The decade-old agreement exempts U.S.-based multinationals from...
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