U.s. Safe Harbor Provisions Under European Union Directive

The European Data Directive was adopted to prevent the abuse of the use of personal data and require that the users become informed of the nature of the information collected and the how this information will be used. However, even though the United States and the European Union have expressed the goal of enhancing privacy protection for their citizens, the United States has a different approach to the protection of privacy. Therefore the United States approaches under a safe harbor provision in their compliance of the European Union Directive.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How does a U.S. organization join the safe harbor?
If a business is not listed as a safe harbor member, should consumers assume that their privacy interests will not be adequately protected?

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