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Is the Safe Harbor Program still safe?

02 October 2013

Recent developments have further increased pressure in the EU for Safe Harbor reform.  There is a risk that, in the short-term, the Safe Harbor Program will be amended or even replaced by a more burdensome program.  By the end of this year there will hopefully be more clarity on the future of the Safe Harbor Program.

As long as the EU Commission’s and Switzerland’s adequacy decisions on Safe Harbor stand, the Safe Harbor Program remains an attractive tool for allowing data transfers from a data exporter based in the EEA or Switzerland to a US based data importer.