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[liberationtech] Email privacy

Michael Zeltner m at niij.org
Wed Jan 30 00:36:04 PST 2013


On 30 Jan 04:57, scarp wrote:
> That might be a nice law for the EU, but for data placed on US servers
> does it apply? I remember reading a while back about conflict between
> the Patriot Act and EU data privacy laws.
> 
> http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2162386/europe-s-protection-laws-cause-conflict-warn-legal-experts

It doesn't even apply to data hosted in Europe. As soon as the company is a US
subsidiary, they are forced to go against EU data regulations:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igeneration/microsoft-admits-patriot-act-can-access-eu-based-cloud-data/11225

On top of that, the Safe Harbor certification, which is essentially a
self-certification for which you don't even *need* a 3rd party to look at how
you deal with personal data (thank you Department of Commerce!), forms a basis
on which US companies can "verify" they comply with the EU data protection
directives, to allow them to do business here.

It's basically a joke.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Safe_Harbor_Privacy_Principles 

Michael
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