Data Privacy: 5 Lessons Learned from Safe Harbor's Demise

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Keep Track of Your Data (Geographically)

If you are leveraging the cloud, know where your data is being stored, who manages your data and who could potentially access it. This is critical information to consider when establishing a data sharing/storage framework. Companies in the EU who didn't know that their data was being stored in (or transferred through) the U.S. are now at a crossroads.

With just three months to comply with the European Court of Justice's landmark ruling, companies need to immediately revisit how they store and share data. While it is expected that data storage providers will scramble to create European data centers capable of complying with the new legislative environment, companies can expect to suffer costly periods of business disruption. As an alternative, enterprises should look toward localized storage solutions that are either privately owned or maintained on-premise. These solutions offer complete data sovereignty, and fully comply with geographic data segregation requirements.

In October, the European Union's highest court struck down the "Safe Harbor" Privacy Principles, a provision that allowed for the sharing of European personal data between the EU and U.S. The verdict is meant to preserve EU citizens' inherent right to privacy given the reality of U.S. national security laws, specifically The Patriot Act, which provide the NSA nearly unilateral access to data managed by U.S. companies.

While this may be a win for privacy advocates, it has left almost 5,000 companies with no clear solution for legally transferring data between Europe and the U.S. Temporary workarounds such as the use of Model Clauses are inefficient, and are currently operating in a legal grey area until regulators take a firmer stance on acceptable practices. In this slideshow, Accellion outlines the top five lessons businesses need to learn from Safe Harbor, as well as how they can apply them to their business strategy.


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