Europe’s Top Court Rejects ‘Safe Harbor’ Ruling

October 6, 2015 – In The News
USA Today

Scott L. Vernick was quoted in the USA Today article, “Europe's Top Court Rejects 'Safe Harbor' Ruling.” Full text can be found in the October 6, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

On Tuesday, the European Court of Justice ruled that a 15-year-old agreement that allowed American companies to handle Europeans’ data was invalid.

Under Safe Harbor rules, U.S. companies were permitted to transfer personal data of European citizens to the U.S. and only needed to follow one set of rules on how the data they collected within the European Union was protected. The ruling raises questions about how U.S. tech firms can continue to operate in Europe without breaking the law.

The ruling immediately invalidates the Safe Harbor agreement, said Scott L. Vernick, a noted privacy attorney. It could also force U.S.-based businesses to make expensive infrastructure investments and build European data centers to process data previously transferred to the U.S., Vernick said.

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This article was also featured in The Detroit Free Press, and the Courier-Post, among others.