Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield

Privacy: Data: Shield: Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield:

Protecting Privacy in Transatlantic Data Flows:

As of April 12, 2017, companies can join a Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield for transfers from Switzerland.

At the first annual review, the Department of Commerce will work with the Swiss Government to put in place the binding arbitration option in Annex I of the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.

Privacy Shield is a program with a set of Principles to which U.S. companies can self-certify. Those companies can then transfer data from the European Union to the United States in compliance with EU data protection requirements. The U.S. government and the European Commission negotiated the Privacy Shield Principles to enhance and replace the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework. Privacy Shield also includes safeguards and limitations, addressed by other parts of the U.S. government, about national security and law enforcement data access.

The substantive requirements of the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield are the same. The full text of the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework is available here ( )

The Department of Commerce maintains a list of companies that have joined. Each entry includes a company’s covered subsidiaries, a description of the covered data, and dispute resolution information. Currently about 1,900 companies have joined the Privacy Shield program.

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