U.S.-EU Data Privacy Rules Won’t Cause Regulatory Headache: Official

U.S. companies will not face a much heavier compliance burden when new rules governing the protection of personal data between the United States and European Union come into effect, a senior Commerce Department official has stated. After revelations about U.S. National Security Agency surveillance caused an uproar in Europe, negotiations are underway about changes to the “Safe Harbor” agreement that allows companies that gather customer information in Europe to send to the United States. Some Commission recommendations were easy to adopt, like asking companies to include a link to the alternative dispute resolution provider in their privacy policy or the way the Commerce Department website presents the list of participating companies, he said.

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