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Safe Harbor Framework


February 2, 2016

EU Commission and US Department of Commerce announce progress on "EU-US Privacy Shield Agreement"

  • Official Document - EU Commission Press Release
  • Official Document - FTC Press Release
  • Official Document - EU Article 29 Working Party Statement (February 3, 2016)

November 19, 2015

France - Data Protection Authority issues Guidance and FAQ on Safe Harbor


November 16, 2015

EU - Commissioner Jourová: The future of U.S.-EU data transfer arrangements at the Brookings Institution

  • Official Document - Speech

November 6, 2015

EU - Commission Statement Communication on the Transfer of Personal Data from the EU to the United States of America under Directive 95/46/EC following the Judgement by the Court of Justice in Case C-362/14 (Schrems)


October 29, 2015

EU - Justice, Consumer and Gender Equality Commissioner Statement on Safe Harbor future

  • Official Document - Speech

October 27, 2015

UK - Deputy Commissioner David Smith on Safe Harbor

  • Official Document - Information Commissioner's Office blog

October 26, 2015

EU - Justice, Consumer and Gender Equality Commissioner Statement on CJEU Judgment

Germany - Data Protection Authorities Joint Opinion on Safe Harbor, halts all data transfers to the US, questions the validity of BCR and Model Clauses (Update)

UAE (Dubai) - Dubai International Financial Centre

  • Official Document - DIFC Data Protection Commissioner Guidance

October 23, 2015

Portugal - Data Protection Authority Opinion on Safe Harbor

US - Federal Trade Commissioner Speech on CJEU Judgment

  • Official Document - Speech

October 22, 2015

Czech Republic - Data Protection Authority Recommendation for Safe Harbor companies

  • Official Document - Statement (in Czech)

Switzerland - Data Protection Authority Opinion revokes Swiss-US Safe Harbor

  • Official Document - Statement (in French) also available in German and Italian

October 21, 2015

Germany - Data Protection Authorities Joint Opinion on Safe Harbor, halts all data transfers to the US, questions the validity of BCR and Model Clauses


October 20, 2015

US - House of Representatives passed Judicial Redress Act


October 19, 2015

Israel - Data Protection Authority Opinion revokes Safe Harbor adequacy status in Israel

  • Official Document English translation (provided by Omer Tene via IAPP)

Spain - Data Protection Authority Opinion revokes Safe Harbor adequacy status


October 16, 2015

EU - Article 29 Working Party Statement on Safe Harbor

  • Official Document - Statement

France - Data Protection Authority Statement on Safe Harbor

  • Official Document - Statement (in French)

Luxembourg - Data Protection Authority Safe Harbor Statement

  • Official Document - Statement 

Poland - Data Protection Authority Safe Harbor Statement

  • Official Document - Statement

October 14, 2015

Germany - Schleswig-Holstein Data Protection Authority Position Statement on Safe Harbor

  • Official Document - Statement (in German)

October 9, 2015

Croatia - Data Protection Authority Statement on Safe Harbor

  • Official Document - Statement (in Croatian)

Estonia - Data Protection Authority Statement on Safe Harbor

  • Official Document - Statement (in Estonian)

October 7, 2015

Austria - Data Protection Authority FAQs on Safe Harbor Implications

  • Official Document - FAQs (in German)

France - Data Protection Authority Statement on Safe Harbor

  • Official Document - Statement (in French)

October 6, 2015

EU - Court of Justice Judgment on Safe Harbor 

EU - Article 29 Working Party Statement on CJEU Judgment

  • Official Document - Press Release

Ireland - Data Protection Authority Statement on CJEU Judgment

  • Official Document - Statement

Luxembourg - Data Protection Authority Statement on CJEU Judgment

  • Official Document - Statement

UK - Data Protection Authority Statement on CJEU Judgment

  • Official Document - Statement

US - Secretary of Commerce Statement on CJEU Judgment

  • Official Document - Statement

September 23, 2015

EU - Court of Justice Advocate General Opinion on Safe Harbor


July 25, 2014

EU - Court of Justice preliminary hearing on Safe Harbor

  • Official Document - Case C362/14 (Schrems)

June 18, 2014

Ireland - High Court Judgment on Schrems

  • Official Document - Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner [2014] IEHC 310

Ireland - Data Protection Commissioner statement on High Court Judgment

  • Official Document - Statement


November 27, 2013

EU - European Commission Report on the functioning of Safe Harbor

  • Official Document - Report
  • Analysis - European Commission Reaffirms Safe Harbor and Identifies 13 Recommendations to Strengthen the Arrangement (via Baker & McKenzie Tech Law blog)

November 12, 2013

US - Federal Trade Commission Staff Review of Safe Harbor (for the European Commission)

  • Official Document - Review

July 2, 2002

EU - Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Working Document on the functioning of the Safe Harbor Agreement

  •  Official Document

July 26, 2000

EU - European Commission Decision on Safe Harbor's adequacy status

  • Official Document - Decision 2000/520/EC

May 16, 2000

EU - Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Opinion on Safe Harbor's adequacy status

  •  Official Document - Opinion 4/2000

March 16, 2000

EU - Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Opinion on US-EU Safe Harbor dialogue 

  •  Official Document - Opinion 3/2000

December 3, 1999

EU - Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Opinion on the level of protection of Safe Harbor 

  • Official Document - Opinion 7/99

July 7, 1999

EU - Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Working Document on Safe Harbor

  • Official Document

June 7, 1999

EU - Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Opinion on Safe Harbor FAQs

  • Official Document - Opinion 4/99

May 3, 1999

EU - Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Opinion on Safe Harbor (as issued by the US Department of Commerce on 19th April 1999)

  • Official Document - Opinion 2/99

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