On November 6, the European Commission issued a Communication addressing the uncertainty left in the wake of the European Court of Justice decision invalidating the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor and subsequent statements by European data protection officials casting doubt on alternative legal bases for transferring personal data from the EU to the United States.  The Communication provides a helpful summary of the current situation and of the alternative transfer mechanisms available to companies that formerly relied on the Safe Harbor as the basis for transferring personal data to the United States.  In some important respects, the Communication also subtly pushes back against some of the more extreme interpretations of the ECJ decision by commentators and dark warnings from data protection authorities about any personal data transfers to the United States.