<div dir="ltr">Dear IAWG,<div><br></div><div>I would like to ask the IAWG to review the referenced memo and please advise an IAWG opinion or report regarding application of our program(s) toward Safe Harbour regulations.  This is of particular interest for business considerations that cross borders.  </div>

<div><br></div><div>An excerpt is below and the full details are available from the link. Thank you for your consideration of this request in the new year. </div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-1059_en.htm">http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-1059_en.htm</a></div>

<div><br></div><div><p class="" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0.212cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-family:Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,&#39;DejaVu Sans&#39;,sans-serif;text-align:justify;font-weight:bold;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:12px;line-height:18px">

Restoring Trust in EU-US data flows - Frequently Asked Questions</p><p class="" style="margin:0.423cm 0.101cm 0.141cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-family:Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,&#39;DejaVu Sans&#39;,sans-serif;text-align:justify;font-weight:bold;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:12px;line-height:18px">

What is the Commission presenting today?</p><p class="" style="margin:0cm 0.101cm 0.212cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-family:Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,&#39;DejaVu Sans&#39;,sans-serif;text-align:justify;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:12px;line-height:18px">

Today the European Commission has set out actions to be taken in order to restore trust in data flows between the EU and the U.S., following deep concerns about revelations of large-scale U.S. intelligence collection programmes, which have had a negative impact on the transatlantic relationship.</p>

<p class="" style="margin:0cm 0.101cm 0.212cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-family:Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,&#39;DejaVu Sans&#39;,sans-serif;text-align:justify;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:12px;line-height:18px">The Commission&#39;s response today takes the form of:</p>

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<span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">A strategy paper (a Communication) on transatlantic data flows</span> setting out the challenges and risks following the revelations of U.S. intelligence collection programmes, as well as the steps that need to be taken to address these concerns;<span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold"></span></p>

</li><li style><p class="" style="margin:0cm 0.101cm 0.071cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;text-align:justify;text-indent:0cm"><span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">An analysis of the functioning of </span><a href="http://ec.europa.eu/justice/policies/privacy/thridcountries/adequacy-faq1_en.htm" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:Georgia,&#39;Times New Roman&#39;,Times,serif;color:rgb(85,26,139);text-decoration:none"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit"><span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">&#39;Safe Harbour&#39;</span></span></a> which regulates data transfers for commercial purposes between the EU and U.S.;</p>

</li><li style><p class="" style="margin:0cm 0.101cm 0.071cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;text-align:justify;text-indent:0cm"><span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">A factual report on the findings of the EU-US Working Group </span>on Data Protection which was set up in July 2013;</p>

</li><li style><p class="" style="margin:0cm 0.101cm 0.071cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;text-align:justify;text-indent:0cm">A <span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">review</span> of the existing agreements on <span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">Passenger Name Records (PNR) </span>see <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-1054_en.htm" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:Georgia,&#39;Times New Roman&#39;,Times,serif;color:rgb(85,26,139);text-decoration:none"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit">MEMO/13/1054</span></a>),</p>

</li><li style><p class="" style="margin:0cm 0.101cm 0.071cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;text-align:justify;text-indent:0cm">As well as a <span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">review</span> of the <span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP)</span> regulating data exchanges in these sectors for law enforcement purposes see <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-1164_en.htm" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:Georgia,&#39;Times New Roman&#39;,Times,serif;color:rgb(85,26,139);text-decoration:none"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit">MEMO/13/1164</span></a>).</p>

</li></ul><p class="" style="margin:0cm 0.101cm 0.212cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-family:Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,&#39;DejaVu Sans&#39;,sans-serif;text-align:justify;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-size:12px;line-height:18px">

In order to maintain the continuity of data flows between the EU and U.S., a high level of data protection needs to be ensured. The Commission today calls for <span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;text-decoration:underline">action in six areas</span>:</p>

<ul class="" style="margin:5px 0px 0px;padding:0px 0px 0px 12px;list-style-type:decimal;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,&#39;DejaVu Sans&#39;,sans-serif;font-size:12px;line-height:18px"><li style><p class="" style="margin:0cm 0.101cm 0.071cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;text-align:justify;text-indent:0cm">

A swift adoption of the <span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">EU&#39;s data protection reform</span></p></li><li style><p class="" style="margin:0cm 0.101cm 0.071cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;text-align:justify;text-indent:0cm">

Making <span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">Safe Harbour</span> safe</p></li><li style><p class="" style="margin:0cm 0.101cm 0.071cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;text-align:justify;text-indent:0cm">

Strengthening data protection safeguards in the <span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">law enforcement</span> area</p></li><li style><p class="" style="margin:0cm 0.101cm 0.071cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;text-align:justify;text-indent:0cm">

Using the existing <span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">Mutual Legal Assistance</span> and Sectoral agreements to obtain data</p></li><li style>
<p class="" style="margin:0cm 0.101cm 0.071cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;text-align:justify;text-indent:0cm">
Addressing European concerns in the on-going <span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">U.S. reform</span> process</p></li><li style><p class="" style="margin:0cm 0.101cm 0.071cm 0cm;padding:5px 0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;text-align:justify;text-indent:0cm">

<span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit"> </span><span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit">Promoting </span><span class="" style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-style:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-weight:bold">privacy standards internationally</span></p>

</li></ul><div><div dir="ltr"><br></div><div>Best Regards,</div><div><br></div><div dir="ltr">Joni Brennan<br>Kantara Initiative | Executive Director<br>voice:+1 732-226-4223<br>email: joni @ <a href="http://kantarainitiative.org" target="_blank">kantarainitiative.org</a><br>

<br>Building Trusted Identity Ecosystems - It takes a village! <br>Slides: <a href="http://bit.ly/ki-june-2013" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/ki-june-2013</a><br><br></div></div>
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