The so-called Privacy Shield - which is intended to replace the Safe Harbour regime for personal data transfer to the US - continues to look more Hollywood prop than the study aspis favoured by the Spartans. 

It does admittedly fix the lack of direct redress under Safe Harbour but, whilst companies (such as Microsoft last month) have endorsed it, EU data campaigners and groups remain unconvinced. The main sticking point is the clear (and now extended) right of the US Government to gain access to the data.

Will these concerns stop Privacy Shield coming into force? Probably not. 

Will EU businesses remain under consumer and campaigner pressure not to export personal data to the US? Almost certainly. 

Have I lost readers by quoting Plutarch...?