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Is safe harbour just a distraction from more pressing issues?

The proposed EU data protection regulation and TTIP agreement will have a longer term impact on data privacy, writes Matthew Rogers

26 October 2015

With the invalidity of the EU-US safe harbour agreement confirmed by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), international companies may be fretting over the ramifications of transferring data across the Atlantic.

As firms scramble to find new ways to process and store user data or make use of other methods, such as data subject consent, standard form contracts, and self-assessment, national data protection authorities are in ongoing discussions to ensure EU citizens' data is sufficiently protected.

But is safe harbour merely a diversion for European lawmakers?

Solicitor and managing director of Digital Law UK, Peter Wright, believes there are far more important matters - such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - that need to be considered, rather than the court's headline ma...

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