FEB 03, 2016 | EUROPEAN UNION | US
Wall Street Journal Gets BSA's Outlook on Safe Harbor Negotiations
Wall Street Journal, February 2, 2016
By Natalia Drozdiak and Sam Schechner
That uncertainty worries companies. “If tomorrow the other mechanisms are no longer valid, we will have a huge problem,” said Thomas Boué, policy director in Europe, Middle East and Africa of BSA | The Software Alliance, which represents Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. While he says he is “very hopeful” a deal will be done, he added: “We could be facing a pretty dire situation if there is no clarity.”Negotiators for the U.S. and EU have been working to clinch a deal that proves U.S. national security services don’t indiscriminately amass Europeans’ data. The EU has been pushing for more clarity about the circumstances when those intelligence services tap into Europeans’ information, but the U.S. has resisted full transparency, claiming it could compromise how its intelligence agencies work.Ms. Jourova said Monday the EU was obtaining specific written assurances from the U.S., signed at the highest political level, ensuring that access by public authorities to personal data transferred from Europe would be limited to what is necessary and appropriate.
She also said it was crucial that the safeguards for individuals from mass surveillance also apply to non-U.S. citizens.
BSA |“软件联盟”(www.bsa.org) 是全球软件行业的主要倡导者，旨在代表该行业，向政府和国际市场发声。其成员包括全球最具创新力的公司，这些公司制定的软件解决方案，不但能够刺激经济，还能提升现代生活的品质。
BSA 的总部位于华盛顿特区，其营运机构遍布 30 多个国家。BSA 凭借这些机构，率先涉足合规项目，以期促进使用合法软件、倡导制定公共政策，并以此培养技术创新能力，以及推动发展数字经济。