In a statement issued today, EPIC supported a recent opinion of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union which found that the Safe Harbor Arrangement was invalid. Safe Harbor has operated for several years as a substitute for the legal protections that would otherwise be required for the transfer of personal data across national borders. EPIC said that Safe Harbor has "given rise to significant concerns on both sides of the Atlantic about the adequacy of the privacy and security afforded personal information." Earlier today the US Mission issued a statement calling into question the opinion of the Advocate General. The Mission stated that the PRISM program, operating in conjunction with Safe Harbor and involving the mass surveillance of EU citizens, is "duly authorized by law, and strictly complies with a number of publicly disclosed controls and limitations."