Is your travel information safe?

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Visual-Graphics-USA-Flag-Wallpaper-01-1024x512The EU court has decided that the safe harbour provisions existing between the EU and the USA are “invalid.” Media reports say that companies are “scrambling” to find other ways of moving data from the EU to the US and yes, this ruling does affect us, the ordinary traveller and holidaymaker. But not a lot.

Why?

Because if you take a flight that goes to the US then your details are transferred to servers believed to be in the US and the EU has decided that there are insufficient safeguards to prevent data being used by different security organisations over there. But passenger details are outside the rules of safe harbour rules and have always been passed across otherwise how would airlines and tour companies know the number of people and who to expect. From that point of view nothing has changed?

Some credit card servers are in the US as are those owned by some holiday companies that are headquartered there but operate here but the credit card companies will also, largely, be unaffected.

Is there anything you can do and should you be concerned?

You can do nothing and you shouldn’t be unduly concerned unless you have posted things on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media site that can be seen despite privacy rules installed by the social media concerned.

There have been negotiations for some time on an update to the safe harbour provision but the minds of the authorities don’t move quickly so I can’t see new provisions for some time.

In the meantime, for the holidaymaker and traveller, your data will still be passed across, you won’t have a problem flying there (subject to normal visa rules)and you shouldn’t be that concerned by all the rumpus in the papers.

The question as far as I am concerned, is why after 15 years has this only come before the courts now?

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