German data protection authorities have announced plans to investigate data transfers between the EU and the US, following this month’s Safe Harbour ruling.
Earlier this month, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) invalidated the Safe Harbour Decision of the European Commission, which for the previous 15 years had enabled the commercial movement of personal data between the EU and the US.
The ruling means that national data protection authorities now have the right to investigate whether data transfers to the US respect European data protection law.
In the wake of the ruling, Hamburg’s commissioner for Data Privacy and Freedom of Information, Johannes Caspar has decided to launch an investigation into the compliance of data transfers carried out by large American networks such as Google and Facebook.
For more information, see: Germany to investigate Google, Facebook over data transfers – Ars Technica