EU-USA data deal a way away

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an analyst with a U.S. defence contractor, is pictured during an interview with the Guardian in his hotel room in Hong KongThe European Commission said today that it will probably come to a deal with the USA over data transfer within about three months.

A European Union recently ruled the existing “safe harbour” agreement was out of order after whistleblowers like Edward Snowden (left) revealed that the US government was using it to spy on all sorts of things European, including Angela Merkel.

US espionage agencies also picked up information about European citizens from Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other companies.

There’s a hiatus between now and then which are causing bsuinesses on both side of the pond to lose business.

But companies can transfer European data to the USA by using standard contracts and asking people for their consent.

The USA resisted European demands that it restricted targeting people in Europe to carefully targeted cases.