The U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework, rendered a nullity by the European Court of Justice last October, is set to be replaced by the EU-U.S. “Privacy Shield.”  But it’s not clear exactly how much protection this shield will offer ‒ to European residents’ personal information or to European and American companies’ business practices.  European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce officials hastened to announce on February 2 that they had reached an agreement on a new framework for allowing businesses to transfer Europeans’ personal information to the United States in a manner that addresses the objections voiced by the ECJ when it struck down the Safe Harbor.  But critical details about the Privacy Shield remain unknown.  And privacy advocates are already slamming the agreement as a joke.