On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) determined that of the EU-US Safe Harbor Framework was invalid. The Safe Harbor framework, which facilitated the exchange of personal data between the EU and the US, had become more controversial in Europe in response to growing concerns with regard to U.S. government access to personal information and the lack of judicial redress for Europeans against the US Government. The ECJ’s decision invalidating the Safe Harbor Framework opens the door for every EU Data Protection Authority to determine on its own whether the U.S. provides sufficient protection for personal information, which could create a number of difficulties for European companies and for the European subsidiaries of US. companies. For more information, including practical implications, please see the linked Morrison & Foerster Client Alerts on October 6, 2015; October 5, 2015; and September 24, 2015.
Miriam Wugmeister is co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s market-leading Global Privacy and Data Security Group and is ranked among the top in the profession by all major directories. Ms. Wugmeister is regularly called upon by some of the world’s largest and most complex multinational organizations to confront their most difficult U.S. and international privacy challenges. Tremendous at helping clients come up with practical solutions to real problems, she develops cutting-edge solutions for clients that marry legal compliance with business realities. More ›