The European College of Commissioners have voted to approve a new Safe Harbor deal with the United States. The new arrangement will be called the EU-US Privacy Shield. The arrangement has not been finalized yet, but with this announcement, all parties are publicly in agreement on the path forward. The European Commission press release hinted at
The closely watched Safe Harbor talks to craft new privacy rules for transatlantic data flows between the US and the EU have resulted in some preliminary signals today, although a final outcome is still pending. Commissioner Jourova, speaking before the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs, said that the talks had not yet produced an agreement.
This report is a landmark analysis and history of self-regulatory efforts in the area of privacy. The report is authored by Robert Gellman and Pam Dixon. It includes details about programs such as the IRSG, the Privacy Leadership Initiative, the Privacy Alliance, and other privacy self-regulatory programs.
Current online privacy debates focus on respecting the privacy interests of Internet users while accommodating business needs. Formal and informal proposals for improving consumer privacy offer different ideas for privacy regulation and privacy self-regulation, sometimes called codes of conduct.  Some in the Internet industry continue to advance or support ideas for privacy self- regulation. Many of these same players proposed and implemented privacy self-regulatory schemes that started in the late 1990s.
This section offers a historical review of privacy self-regulation that occurred in the years just before and just after 2000. For a variety of reasons, it is not necessarily fully comprehensive. Some self-regulatory efforts may have disappeared without a trace. Activities within existing trade associations are difficult or impossible to assess from evidence available to those outside the associations. However, this discussion captures the leading organizations of the time.