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July 29 2014

Safe Harbor-Compliant Companies Seeking Contracts: Facing an Uphill Battle in the EU

Despite the bad rep Safe Harbor has been getting lately, the data transfer framework isn't going anywhere-at least not for now. But its longevity isn't because organizations and regulators in the EU are suddenly satisfied with the controversial self-certification program-quite the contrary, there's a lot of mistrust about Safe Harbor-certified U.S. companies' data protection promises. And that reality, merited or not, is making it pretty difficult for self-certified Safe Harbor companies in the U.S. to win contracts with companies across the pond. But the two governments say they're engaged in healthy talks about U.S. efforts to make ongoing improvements to the framework.