German Data Watchdog Criticizes Safe Harbor Program

Law360, New York (July 24, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT) -- A German data protection watchdog Wednesday joined a chorus of European leaders who have called for a review of an EU agreement with the U.S. that eases data exchange rules, in reaction to news of the U.S. government’s data-monitoring activities.

Germany’s Federal Commission for Data Protection and Freedom of Information said that under the “Safe Harbor” agreement, which exempts certified U.S. companies from having to gain consent for international data exchanges, personal data that is transmitted into the U.S. is supposed to be subject to an...
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