The ICO issued a statement yesterday in relation to the European Court of Justice’s Safe Harbor ruling. The ICO recommends that businesses which have been relying on Safe Harbor review their data transfers to the US and ensure that these are carried out in line with the law.  The statement goes on to say that the ICO will be considering the judgment in detail in conjunction with other national data protection regulators, and will issue more detailed guidance in due course.

The ICO also notes that negotiations have been underway for some time between the European Commission and US authorities with the aim of introducing more robust and protective arrangements to replace the Safe Harbor scheme, and that these negotiations are understood to be at an advanced stage.

The full statement can be viewed at