U.S. companies involved in e-commerce with the European Union may become liable to litigation for violating individual data security rights, said Brian Murphy, co-director of the EU Center at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech.

“Safe Harbors,” the current data privacy agreement between the U.S. and the EU that took two years to finalize, allows U.S. companies to regulate themselves in not using personal data for any purpose other than what it was originally meant for. In a 279-259 vote last week, the EU Parliament advised the EU Commission to reopen negotiations on the issue with the U.S.

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