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EU Commissioner Scheduled to Give ‘Safe Harbor’ Update Feb. 1

The European Parliament is scheduled to receive an update on Monday on the status of U.S.-EU negotiations to reach a new “Safe Harbor” data-transfer agreement.

European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourová is expected to update a committee of the European Parliament on the status of the negotiations on Monday starting at 1:45 p.m. EST.

“The first point where they actually have to explain whether they have a deal or no deal is” at 1:45 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, said Christian Borggreen, director of international policy with the Computer & Communications Industry Association, a Washington-based trade group whose members include DISH Network LLC and Netflix Inc.

European authorities have said that if a new agreement is not reached by Jan. 31, enforcement action may be taken against tech firms that transfer data to the U.S. However, the U.S. Commerce Department does not expect European authorities to begin taking enforcement actions until Feb. 2 if a new data-transfer pact is not reached.

U.S. and EU negotiators are working to craft a new data-transfer pact after a previous agreement was struck down by a European court last year over concerns about American spying practices.

Correction: A previous version of this story had the wrong time listed for Monday’s expected update on the Safe Harbor negotiations. The EU proceedings are scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m. EST.