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Monday, November 13, 2006 The Safe Harbor Agreement Between the US and Europe 1. US companies that abide by the “safe harbor” provisions afford more privacy protection to Europeans than is currently available under US law. 2. For a time it seemed that the safe harbor might prompt the US to shift its privacy policy more in line with the European tradition 3. Failure to do can be attributed to how privacy continues to be characterized as a “consumer” right, rather than a “civil” rights. Public Concerns about Privacy 1. Toysmart.com (June 2000) a. Declared bankruptcy; promised customers that information was protected and after bankruptcy they had an Ad in Wall Street to sell information 2. DoubleClick and Abacus Direct (Spring 2000) a. Negative publicity from news organizations, Wall Street investors and FTC 3. What if the “safe harbor” had applied? Privacy Protection in Europe 1. European Parliament and the Council of European Communities directive (1995): a.
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