[WG-IDAssurance] Safe Harbour Memo EU - for IAWG consideration

Joni Brennan joni at kantarainitiative.org
Wed Dec 18 10:56:59 CST 2013

Dear IAWG,

I would like to ask the IAWG to review the referenced memo and please
advise an IAWG opinion or report regarding application of our program(s)
toward Safe Harbour regulations.  This is of particular interest for
business considerations that cross borders.

An excerpt is below and the full details are available from the link. Thank
you for your consideration of this request in the new year.


Restoring Trust in EU-US data flows - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Commission presenting today?

Today the European Commission has set out actions to be taken in order to
restore trust in data flows between the EU and the U.S., following deep
concerns about revelations of large-scale U.S. intelligence collection
programmes, which have had a negative impact on the transatlantic

The Commission's response today takes the form of:


   A strategy paper (a Communication) on transatlantic data flows setting
   out the challenges and risks following the revelations of U.S. intelligence
   collection programmes, as well as the steps that need to be taken to
   address these concerns;

   An analysis of the functioning of 'Safe
   regulates data transfers for commercial purposes between the EU and U.S.;

   A factual report on the findings of the EU-US Working Group on Data
   Protection which was set up in July 2013;

   A review of the existing agreements on Passenger Name Records (PNR) see
   MEMO/13/1054 <http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-1054_en.htm>),

   As well as a review of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme
(TFTP) regulating
   data exchanges in these sectors for law enforcement purposes see
   MEMO/13/1164 <http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-1164_en.htm>).

In order to maintain the continuity of data flows between the EU and U.S.,
a high level of data protection needs to be ensured. The Commission today
calls for action in six areas:


   A swift adoption of the EU's data protection reform

   Making Safe Harbour safe

   Strengthening data protection safeguards in the law enforcement area

   Using the existing Mutual Legal Assistance and Sectoral agreements to
   obtain data

   Addressing European concerns in the on-going U.S. reform process

    Promoting privacy standards internationally

Best Regards,

Joni Brennan
Kantara Initiative | Executive Director
voice:+1 732-226-4223
email: joni @ kantarainitiative.org

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