Setting the Stage: A chat with Dr. Donald Harris, President, HR Privacy Solutions on the invalidation of the Safe Harbor framework and the pending EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.
In October 1998, the European Union’s Data Protection Directive went into effect, prohibiting the transfer of personal data to non-European countries that do not meet the EU’s “adequacy” standard for privacy protection. To allow companies to meet this standard, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, in consultation with the European Commission, developed a “Safe Harbor” framework. In July 2000, the European Commission formally declared that the Safe Harbor framework provided an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred to the U.S. under its auspices. On October 6, 2015, the EU’s top court, the European Court of Justice, ruled that the Commission’s 2000 adequacy decision was no longer valid, since it failed to take into account mass surveillance practices prevailing in the United States.
On February 2, 2016, the European Commission and the U.S. Dept. of Commerce announced that they had reached a political agreement on a new data transfer framework, to be called the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. Once final details of the new framework are agreed upon and the framework has been ratified and implemented, it would be open to participation by U.S. companies meeting its requirements.
As we wait to see the details of the Privacy Shield agreement, IHRIM invites you to attend this web chat to gain a better understanding of:
- The impact of the Snowden revelations upon the EU-U.S. relationshipand long-standing criticisms of the Safe Harbor framework
- Reactions to the announcement of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
- The types of changes we might see with the new agreement and how these might impact companies transferring employee data from Europe
- The current regulatory environment in the EU, as it moves towards implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation
Presenter: Dr. Donald F. Harris, President, HR Privacy Solutions
This webinar is free for IHRIM Members and Non-members may attend for a fee.