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Making Sense of the New EU-US Privacy Shield


Date: December, 2015 --

There was a premature sigh of relief when the EU Commission and the US Commerce delegation claimed they’d solved the crisis created by the European Court of Justice.  In October of last year the highest court in Europe declared Safe Harbor invalid on the grounds that the US government, as detailed most notoriously in the Snowden revelations, had the broad power and clandestine reach to, by various means, access and aggregate any data they deem fit without “adequate” consideration to privacy. This new arrangement is called “EU-US Privacy Shield”. It is claimed that this agreement will both protect the fundamental right of Europeans when their data is sent to the US and that it will reinstate the legal certainty for businesses “processing” EU data which was stripped away by the Court of Justice.

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Innovative Addressing Technology Opening Up Emerging Markets


Date: December, 2015 --

What we see coming over the horizon is a potential explosion of new markets in countries that today we may not even know have consumers. Just as the discovery of safe routes through the mountains dividing Colorado and the gold mines of California in the 19th Century enabled the Gold Rush, it is conceivable that the evolving revolution in the science of addressing and digitalization will open new markets and create new opportunities for both sales and purchases. Experts tell us that $1.9 trillion worth of goods changed hands on the Internet last year, and more will be sold in 2016! Some of that will go to unexpected places…

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Big Investments in Cross-Border Delivery Infrastructure


Date: December, 2015 --

A recent posting in the newsletter of Postal Technology International rather stopped us in our tracks. UPS (United Parcel Service) announced the opening of a sortation center in Lyon, France. The facility covers 86,000ft², or about 2 acres. The fully automated package sorting center cost €25m (US$28m) and can process more than 10,000 packages an hour. This is part of a 6 year program to invest $2 billion in facilities in Europe alone. For that money they could build 71 more sort centers in 71 more cities!

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