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FTC demonstrates that the US takes Safe Harbor seriously

Posted by on April 7, 2015.

Hallelujah, I have seen the light! What are we Europeans worrying about? Safe Harbor is safe in the safe hands of that pit-bull defender of privacy, the Federal Trade Commission. Let me explain…


Edith Ramirez

The FTC came across 2 out of hundreds of US companies in breech of the EU-US Safe Harbor agreement, and has chastised them sorely. So sorely, in fact, that FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez joyfully exclaimed, “These cases send an important message that businesses must not deceive consumers about whether they hold these certifications, and by extension, the ways in which they protect consumers.”

What, you might ask, has the FTC done to these companies? Has it been too severe? Has it levied fines so stringent that the CEOs might not get their bonuses this year?

Possibly so. For the FTC has forced them to say out loud, “We promise not to do it again.”

It makes you think. If the FTC carries on with such punishments it might soon be as severe in protecting public privacy as the UK’s own ICO.

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