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Alternatives to Safe Harbor: are model contracts at risk?


The huge volume of information held about European citizens in the US, particularly by US tech companies, has been a concern for some time. These concerns were heightened by the Snowden revelations, which continue to cast a long shadow over transatlantic privacy relations.

The Court of Justice has now ruled that Safe Harbor is invalid. This enormously popular scheme was used by thousands of US companies offering cloud computing, whistleblowing hotlines, social media and other services.

Organisations relying on Safe Harbor to transfer personal data to the US will now need to move to alternative compliance solutions, such as model contracts. In this briefing, Linklaters looks at the use of model contracts and other related issues.

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