Written by Luke Dixon
The European Parliament has voted emphatically in support of a report produced by its Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) on the mass surveillance undertaken by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and EU Member States. In doing so, the Parliament has called for the immediate suspension of the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor scheme, pending a review of how the scheme is conducted.
The scheme allows businesses to self-certify compliance with EU data protection law, thereby legitimizing exports of personal data from the EU to locations in the U.S., where such exports would otherwise be illegal under EU data privacy legislation. The Federal Trade Commission administers and enforces the scheme.
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