Storing European User Data on USA Servers

KH-DanielP

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@Timothy Kline

I've been keeping an eye on these developments in regards to the safe harbour provisions and law.

In my opinion, at the moment, there is not a lot to worry about. One thing they tend to not speak about mostly, and I think deflates this particular article is the fact that most EU Data protection laws have an article that allows the user to consent to the fact that their data is not being stored in a EU country. Now how to actually get this consent is debatable, it could be as simple as agreeing to a terms of service as you register for a website, or agreeing to a websites privacy policy as you submit your email address to them.

Here's a short summary of Ireland's Data Protection laws: https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Transfers-Abroad/37.htm

If you scroll down to the "Transferring Personal Data to Non-Approved Third Countries" section you can see there are multiple additional methods for storing data.

Also as a few people have said in several articles this is basically a negotiating tacit to attempt to implement stronger data protection for EU citizens when being stored over seas. It would not surprise me at all if an updated version of the EU-US Safe Harbor provisions would be enacted and cover all of this, primarily without anyone really having to change a thing.

The US and in general the World is quite large and will be difficult for the EU to fully shut them out or block any data storage so they will have to come up with something relatively easy and honestly are just trying to bring the US government to the negotiating table because of how the NSA had unfettered access to information on EU citizens via Facebook and other large companies.
 
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I certainly appreciate you taking the time to cover the topic, DanielP.

It's still far too early to know just yet how this will all play out, but worth keeping apprised of the developments.

Thanks again!
 
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