Numerous US and European companies currently rely on the US-EU Safe Harbor self-certification program to legitimize data transfers from the EU.  However, in a much anticipated decision, the European Court of Justice ruled today that the European Commission’s approval of this Safe Harbor program is invalid.  Thus, companies should now consider whether alternative justifications are adequate to cover the data transfers at issue.

Please read our Client Alert for more details regarding this ruling, including a list of Squire Patton Boggs’ attorneys around the globe who can be contacted for further information.