09 October 2015

Edward Snowden, the CIA and HR

In the past, the transfer of data to the US was permitted and lawful provided that its recipients in the US established adequate protection of that data – this was referred to as the US recipient creating a “safe-harbour” for the data.

In a recent high-profile data protection case (Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner), brought about following the Edward Snowden revelations about US surveillance, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided that those safe harbours were far from being safe from exploitation by US authorities such as the CIA.

Jim Wright, a partner and member of the Shulmans employment team, discusses this case in HRBullets and examines its impact for HR professionals.