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German Privacy Watchdogs Require More Scrutiny When Transferring Data to the United States Under the Safe Harbor

The Düsseldorfer Kreis, a working group consisting of representatives from Germany’s sixteen state data protection authorities, issued a Decision (dated 28/29 April 2010) on the transfer of personal data from German companies to U.S. companies which are certified under the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework. It stated that Safe Harbor certification of the U.S. company alone is not sufficient to safeguard the transfer because European and U.S. regulators currently do not ensure that the U.S. companies comply with the self-certification. Therefore, German companies are now required to take additional steps when transferring data to the US under the Safe Harbor.