• New Uncertainties for European-US Data Transfers: EU Court Strikes Down 15-Year Old Safe Harbor Agreeement
  • October 22, 2015 | Authors: Joshua A. Ehrenfeld; Allen Sullivan; India E. Vincent
  • Law Firms: Burr & Forman LLP - Nashville Office ; Burr & Forman LLP - Birmingham Office
  • On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (the European Union's highest court), struck down the US-EU Safe Harbor Agreement that previously provided companies to store personal data about Europeans on U.S. servers, and to transfer data to the U.S., without getting caught in Europe's web of country-specific privacy and data transfer rules. The Court's ruling threatens to wipe out 15 years of accepted business practices overnight.