Online Tech has officially joined more than 1,100 organizations who are compliant with the new EU-US Privacy Shield law, the replacement for the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework. Developed by the Department of Commerce and the European Commission, Privacy Shield is the response to European concern about excessive government access to data and a lack of process for citizens to file privacy complaints. Privacy Shield allows for the transfer of data between the US and the European Union and implements seven …

After Safe Harbor, the international data transfer law used by the U.S. and the European Union, was invalidated in October 2015, the Department of Commerce and the EU Commission worked to draft a new agreement that gave Europeans more rights about their personal information in the U.S. On July 12, the EU-US Privacy Shield law was passed. Why did this agreement come about in the first place? When the EU Court of Justice ruled Safe Harbor invalid, it had two …

When you create a list of who you’re thankful for, your auditor may not jump to the top of your list. After all, isn’t that who asks for all those mountains of documents and relentlessly asks those probing questions? Let’s face it: the relationship between a business and an auditor can be a contentious one. The high price of reports, resources spent compiling the information and remediating any issues can be more than enough to give any CXO heartburn and …

Farewell, 2013. It was a notable year at Online Tech for many reasons. While we’re already focused on 2014 and beyond – and certainly want to wish all of you a happy and prosperous new year – allow us a moment to reflect on the year that was: LEADERSHIP: We started the year by eschewing traditional corporate leadership structure and announcing a new co-CEO arrangement between Online Tech founder Yan Ness and President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Klein. Both …

Earlier this year in April, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) released a document to provide guidance on the use of U.S. cloud service providers by those in the European Union (EU) regarding personal data hosting and privacy. Specifically, the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor set of policy standards facilitates a bridge to close the gap between Europe’s standardized data privacy laws and the U.S.’s more varied data privacy laws, each custom and different per private sector standards (i.e., …

What is U.S.-EU Safe Harbor?

Posted on June 18, 2013 by

What is U.S.-EU Safe Harbor law? The U.S.-European Union Safe Harbor Program is a streamlined process for US companies to comply with the EU Data Protection Directive of 1998 on maintaining the privacy and integrity of personal data. Different from HIPAA, PCI and SOX compliance requirements, the Safe Harbor program framework was developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2000 in consultation with the European Commission on Data Protection. As a secure hosting provider with services such as cloud hosting, …

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