Fortune reported that Hamburg, Germany’s data protection commissioner, Johannes Caspar, is taking five unspecified global companies to task for continuing to transfer EU data to the US after the Safe Harbor ruling made it illegal, The Hamburg data protection authority is preparing to fine three companies for relying on the Safe Harbor privacy framework as the legal basis for their trans-Atlantic data transfers, the report states. “Two other firms are also under investigation” according to the report. Caspar refused to disclose the names of the companies for legal reasons, but said they are “large international companies” and “subsidiaries of US-based global corporates.”
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