Committee questions Minister on safe harbour

09 April 2014

In the final evidence session of its enhanced scrutiny of safe harbour, the House of Lords Home Affairs, Health and Education EU Sub-Committee will question Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP, Justice and Civil Liberties Minister at the Ministry of Justice.


Wednesday 9 April, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At approximately 11am:

  • Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP, Justice and Civil Liberties Minister, Ministry of Justice

Safe harbour is the name given to the framework developed by the US Department of Commerce and the European Commission that allows the differences in EU and US approaches to their respective citizen’s privacy to be bridged, and enables US organisations to comply with the EU Directive on Data Protection. The current Communication focuses on rebuilding trust in EU-US data flows.

Having previously heard from data protection and privacy experts, the Committee will raise many of the issues that have previously been discussed with the Minister.

Likely questions

  • Should the current safe harbour Agreement be suspended as the European Parliament has called for?
  • What do you consider to be the key strengths and weaknesses of the present Safe Harbour Agreement?
  • Do EU citizens’ redress rights need to be bolstered further than the Commission currently proposes?
  • Is self-regulation the most appropriate model, and what action should be taken to ensure compliance?
  • How will the outcome of the negotiations with the US be taken forward?

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