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EU Threatens to Suspend 'Safe Harbour'.

February 27, 2014

Safe Harbour is the bilateral agreement which allows the US access to personal data from the EU despite having much weaker privacy laws.  Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, said that the EU-US "safe harbour" agreement would be suspended if the US fails to take "legislative action before the summer". The Commissioner said that repairing Safe Harbour is the first step necessary if trust is to be rebuilt in "EU-US data flows" following revelations about the surveillance activities of the US' National Security Agency (NSA) in recent months.