Owings Mills, Maryland — Employment Background Investigations, Inc., (EBI), a leading provider of background screening services, announced today it has successfully earned certification for its compliance with the U.S. – Swiss Privacy Shield Framework. EBI is one of the first background screening companies to have their certification approved.
The U.S. – Swiss Privacy Shield is a framework designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Swiss Administration to enhance the protection of data being transferred between the two countries. This agreement replaces the previous U.S. – Swiss Safe Harbor Framework, and will help companies comply with Swiss data protection requirements when transferring personal data from Switzerland. The framework protects the privacy, accuracy and security of Swiss citizen’s personally identifiable information (PII) throughout the process of collection, transfer and use by American companies.
“EBI is proud to be one of the first background screening firms to achieve US-Swiss Privacy Shield certification,” said EBI Vice President of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Curt Schwall. “Our rapid adoption of the new Privacy Shield regulations reinforces our commitment to safeguarding the information of our clients and their candidates.”
According to Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Ken Hyatt, Privacy Shield will enhance transatlantic data protection and support the direct investment between the two nations that currently totals more than $410 billion.
As a background screening company, EBI understands the importance of protecting all of the PII in our care. In addition to complying with the Swiss Privacy Shield, EBI is also certified under the EU – U.S. Privacy Shield Framework which provides American companies with a way to comply with stringent EU data protection requirements.
Founded in 1994, EBI is one of the largest background screening firms in the country and is the only company that has been named to HRO Today Magazine’s Pre-Employment Screening Baker’s Dozen List of top background screeners nine times. EBI specializes in the development, implementation and management of comprehensive and customized employment screening programs for more than 5,000 clients in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. EBI is a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and holds ISO certifications for Information Security and Quality Management. For more information, visit www.ebiinc.com.
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