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  • What you need to know: Navigating EU Data Protection changes – EU-US Privacy Shield and EU General Data Protection Regulation

    July 08, 2016, Marshall England, Industry Marketing Director, Technology & Cloud

    If you’re an organization with trans-Atlantic presence that transmits and stores European citizen data (e.g. employee payroll & HR data, client & prospect data) in the U.S. you will want to pay attention. What we will discuss was administered under the European Union’s Data Protection Directive and a previous EU-U.S. agreement called Safe Harbor.  We will cover what happened, what’s next, new rules (and penalties) that are set to go into effect and our recommendations.

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  • EC Ruling Invalidates Safe Harbor - Now What?

    October 19, 2015, John Rostern, VP, Technology Advisory and Assessment Services

    In a ruling on October 7, 2015 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated the principal European component of the U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor Framework when it ruled in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner.  In the ruling the court said that the existing U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement, overseen by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), is flawed in that it allows the U.S. government access to online information related to citizens of the European Union (EU).

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