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Committee Leaders Comment to E.U. Decision to Nullify Safe Harbor Agreement

Oct 6, 2015
Committee Requests Briefing From Commerce Department

WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee expressed concern following today’s decision by the European Union to invalidate the safe harbors agreement that allowed for unfettered data transfers between the United States and the European Union.

“The ripple of uncertainty caused by today’s decision is cause for concern as digital data flows have become a bedrock of commerce. We must be mindful of any decision that threatens U.S. jobs and the strong commercial ties between our country and the European Union,” said full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA), and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).

The leaders continued, “In this ever-evolving area there have been good conversations across the Atlantic to address privacy. Our hope is that European regulators move quickly, working with the Department of Commerce and others here in the U.S., to provide a quick resolution to this unnecessary uncertainty.”

The committee has requested a briefing from the Department of Commerce for members on today’s decision and what the next steps are in the safe harbor negotiations.