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European court rules the U.S. ‘Safe Harbor’ data-sharing pact is invalid

European court rules the U.S. ‘Safe Harbor’ data sharing pact is invalid

A European court has ruled that an agreement between the U.S. and Europe around how data is stored and transferred between the two regions is “invalid.”

The “Safe Harbor” principles is a system devised by the U.S. to help companies comply with the European Commission’s (E.C) Directive on Data Protection, which came into effect in 1998. The directive essentially prohibits the transfer of personal data outside the European Union (E.U.) to countries that don’t adhere to the E.U.’s “adequacy” standard for privacy protection.

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