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Privacy Shield Framework Released

Safe Harbor

If you are anxious for more details about the new EU-US Privacy Shield agreement, you are in luck. The entire framework can now be found here. This plan guarantees that private information from EU citizens will receive the same protections in the US as it would if the data was being used within the European Union. If a company does not agree to comply, they cannot export electronic information to the US.

The Impact of the Safe Harbor Ruling on Your Screening Program

EEOC & FCRA, Safe Harbor

A bit of background … Effective in 2000, the Safe Harbor Framework was established jointly by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Union (EU). One of its purposes was to facilitate trade between European countries and the U.S. by streamlining data flows between countries. Safe Harbor allowed U.S. companies to self-certify compliance with the privacy principles of the European Union Data Protection Directive and, as a result, legally transfer private consumer data between European Union countries and the U.S.  According to its critics, however, the Safe Harbor Framework allowed private data to flow from European Union countries to the U.S. without adequate protections being in place.