A delegation from the Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) recently traveled to Brussels, Belgium to discuss the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor program with their European counterparts. The meetings centered on the thirteen recommendations for the Safe Harbor program issued by the European Commission (“EC”) in a November 2013 report.
Commerce staff reported that the meetings focused mostly on the first eleven recommendations dealing with transparency, consumer redress, and enforcement, and did not delve deeply into the national security issues raised by the recommendations.
A series of meetings are being planned by Commerce to discuss all the recommendations, but with a greater focus placed on national security issues. These meetings are planned for Washington, D.C. through the spring.