Yesterday a High Level Conference on Privacy and Protection of Personal Data took place under auspicies of the European Commission and the US Secretary of Commerce.
The cooperation between EU and US as far as data protection is concerned is necessary, taking into account the global character of the internet and the difficulties with enforcement of national rules if there is no international framework to protect privacy. With that in mind both parties reaffirmed their commitments to the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework yesterday. Unfortunately, specifics of the conference were not revealed (yet?). One cannot help but wonder whether and if yes, what kind of further harmonisation measures were discussed and whether the whole project will sink under the weight of differences in existing and planned regualtions.