October 6, 2015
The European Court of Justice has declared the EU Commission’s Safe Harbor decision invalid, putting at risk the transfer of data from the EU to the United States pursuant to a system used by 4,000 or so large U.S. companies.

In essence, the decision requires EU member state Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) to investigate complaints related to any company’s transfer of personal data from Europe to the United States. Companies relying on Safe Harbor are at serious risk of being ordered to suspend all transfer of data, until they can implement alternative means to comply with the legal obligations set forth by European law.

The decision could have immediate impact on E.U.-U.S. trade, and is likely to leave many companies scrambling to find alternatives to Safe Harbor.

For more information on the ruling, please click here.