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Skype, Microsoft cleared in Luxembourg NSA investigation

Loek Essers | Nov. 19, 2013
Luxembourg's data protection authority cleared Microsoft and its subsidiary Skype of data protection violations related to the U.S. National Security Agency's Prism spying program, the agency said Monday.

On request of the group, the decision to not investigate will be reviewed by the Irish High Court.

A similar complaint was also filed against Yahoo in Germany. The German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection expects to finish its inquiry into the complaint in December. The outcome of that investigation could be different. The German Conference of Data Protection Commissioners has asked the European Commission in July to suspend the Safe Harbor agreements and review whether U.S. companies can still comply with them.

The Commission is currently working on an assessment of the Safe Harbor Agreement that will be presented before the end of the year.

 

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