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European Parliament: Suspend Safe Harbor, Data Transfers to United States

The European Parliament has voted to halt the Safe Harbor program, which allowed US companies to process data on EU citizens outside of European legal protections. The resolution also recommends that Europe exclude EU-US data transfers from trade negotiations and establish legal remedies for EU citizens who face privacy violations. The resolution would protect whistleblowers, and proposes an independent European data cloud. The resolution follows a six-month investigation, led by MEP Claude Moraes, on the Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens. The report condemned programs of the US and the EU member states. EPIC had urged the Federal Trade Commission to enforce the Safe Harbor, and has recommended the US and EU exclude data transfers in trade negotiations. For more information, see EPIC: EU Data Protection Directive.

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