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For Immediate Release
Contact: Daniel Cruise, 202-482-3809
Friday, November 5, 1999

AARON AND MOGG MAKE PROGRESS IN DATA PRIVACY TALKS

Washington, DC - In two days of talks, Under Secretary for International Trade David Aaron and the European Commission's Director General for the Internal Market John Mogg made progress in resolving outstanding issues in the proposed Safe Harbor arrangement. Both sides are working to develop a package of Safe Harbor documentation by mid-November that can be made publicly available. The EU intends to intensify its dialogue with Member States and the US will continue its consultation with industry ahead of the US/EU mid-December Summit in Washington.

"We completed a thorough review of the documentation and made progress on issues such as enforcement," Aaron said. "There are however important issues that remain outstanding such as financial services."

Both sides will be consulting their constituencies. Mogg added; "We will be making these revised documents available to Member States, the European Parliament and Data Privacy Authorities in the next couple weeks." Aaron also said the the U.S. will be meeting with its industry very soon.

Aaron and Mogg have committed to stay in close contact over the coming days and weeks as they prepare for the Senior Level Group - a US/EU bilateral working group - meeting on November 17 and the December Summit. They have not yet set a date for a follow up face to face meeting.

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