On Oct 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice determined that the 15-year-old US-EU Safe Harbor Framework was no longer sufficient for the transfer of personal data from the European Economic Area (EEA) to the US. The decision was based, in part, on the fact that legislation permitted public authorities to have access on a generalized basis to the content of electronic communications.
It was announced on February 2, 2016 that the EU and the US had reached an agreement on the new framework which will include greater transparency around US government surveillance, redress for EU citizens and the ability to refer complaints to a US ombudsman. Once the full terms of the agreement are delivered to the Article 29 Working Party, the Working Party will then decide whether it provides adequate protection. Its opinion is expected to be delivered in April 2016. Once the opinion is delivered, the new framework should become effective the first quarter of 2018.
It is important to note that the US is still enforcing the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework, which complies with EU Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC), until a new framework is in place.
In the interim, Viddler clients can continue to run their global operations using Viddler in full compliance with the EU Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC).
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