Kevin Haley Esq. of Brann and Isaacson explains some of the important issues with changes to the “Safe Harbor” laws in the EU.
What is Safe Harbor?
In early October, in a case involving Facebook, the European Court of Justice invalidated a 15 year old international agreement that permitted US companies to avoid compliance with the letter of European privacy law. Under the so-called “Safe Harbor” at issue in the Facebook case, US companies were permitted to self-certify that they provided a level of protection comparable to that in the EU to personal data stored on their servers located in the US. The ECJ’s ruling at least in part was based on an allegation that US government electronic surveillance-exposed by Edward Snowden-renders personal data housed on US servers unsafe. The rejection of the so-called EU “Safe Harbor” has at least some American companies scrambling to find a way to comply with EU privacy laws. What does this case mean for US catalogers, and more broadly, what are US catalogers doing to comply with the patchwork of international privacy regulations?
Will it matter to your company?
This Pub Talk was a good discussion of this potentially far-reaching topic. While the law is still unfolding there are still plenty of things you can get ahead on right now. Kevin explains what may happen, what it will impact and what you should be doing to make sure you aren’t surprised later.