In this webinar, we will discuss the future of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework in the wake of the decision by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice in the Schrems v. Facebook case. The Safe Harbor Framework is relied upon by more than 4,500 U.S. companies to facilitate the transfer of personal information from the European Economic Area to the United States. In a non-binding but persuasive opinion, the Advocate General of the Court recently opined that the Safe Harbor Framework is inadequate to protect the privacy of EU citizens, undermining a 15-year-old finding of the European Commission that the Safe Harbor Framework is adequate.

The ECJ is expected to issue a ruling on October 6. We will analyze the meaning of the AG's momentous decision and the ECJ's ruling, and address practical steps companies can take if the Safe Harbor is deemed inadequate. The webinar will be moderated by Ballard Spahr partner Philip N. Yannella and will be co-presented by Ballard Spahr of counsel Odia Kagan, and Stephenson Harwood partner Jonathan Kirsop.

Date & Time

Thursday, October 15, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET


Philip N. Yannella, Practice Group Leader
Privacy and Data Security Group


Odia Kagan, Of Counsel
Privacy and Data Security Group

Jonathan Kirsop, Partner
Stephenson Harwood LLP

This program is open to Ballard Spahr clients and members interested in cross-border privacy and data security issues. There is no cost to attend. This program is not eligible for continuing education credits.

Please register at least two days before the webinar. Login details will be sent to all approved registrants. For more information, contact Lisa Prickril at


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Consumer Financial Services
Privacy and Data Security