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The European Court of Justice recently ruled that US firms signed up to what is called a “Safe Harbour scheme” with European companies could no longer be automatically considered to provide “adequate protection” to personal data they had received from the EU.  The “Safe Harbour scheme” was put in place to allow European companies to store data in the U.S.   Different data privacy laws between the U.S. and Europe require European companies to protect their data the same way in the U.S. as they would in Europe.

Source: BBC News

Date: October 28th, 2015



1) The European Union requires companies who store data on individuals to make it very safe indeed, often protected even from the government.   U.S. privacy laws allow government agencies access to individuals’ data, most often during criminal investigations.  How might differing data privacy laws around the world be important to an international company?

2) If European companies are being told to drop cloud services like Dropbox, what other U.S. companies’ services are at risk?

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