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Ezor Quoted in Law360 on Data Protection in the EU

November 14, 2013

Of Counsel Jonathan Ezor contributed extensively to a Law360 (subscription required) article about the obstacles European Union companies will face as they attempt to join in “big data” business, which will be in direct contrast to recent efforts to tighten data protection and security rules that include a call to abolish a safe harbor structure that permits the transfer of data between the U.S. and the EU. Ezor points out that, “Without that safe harbor and with the proposed expansion of the EU's data protection directive's requirements, the ability of European companies to obtain and use the type of data sets needed for 'big data' initiatives will be substantially reduced.” Ezor also suggests that, “rather than being competitive in big data markets, the EU may find more economic opportunity for its member states in privacy-driven industries such as encryption, data security and tools to improve personal control over information.”