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Safe Harbor, Pearl Harbor

Posted by on October 26, 2015.

I’m not the greatest fan of Microsoft. Still, Brad Smith’s article for the Microsoft blog – The collapse of the US-EU Safe Harbor: Solving the new privacy Rubik’s Cube – strikes me as worth reading, even if it’s better on the issues than on the solutions.

Frankly, I certainly never had much faith in Safe Harbor, or even of the effectiveness and observance of the 8th Principle of the Data Protection Act – ‘Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area, unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.’ How much of our data is stored and processed offshore? In my experience, more than you might think. And if you think it’s all about the US, think again.

Of course, I can’t say how effectively other European countries adhere to this part of the EC directive on data protection.

David Harley


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