EU-US Privacy Shield for Data Transfers

Come GDPR (General Data Protection Act) and EU-US PRivacy shield will assume more importance.

Privacy Shield Overview

The Privacy Shield program, which is administered by the International Trade Administration (ITA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce, enables U.S.-based organizations to join one or both of the Privacy Shield Frameworks in order to benefit from the adequacy determinations.

To join either Privacy Shield Framework, a U.S.-based organization will be required to self-certify to the Department of Commerce (via this website) and publicly commit to comply with the Framework’s requirements. While joining the Privacy Shield is voluntary, once an eligible organization makes the public commitment to comply with the Framework’s requirements, the commitment will become enforceable under U.S. law.

Self Assessment Process

The self assessment process includes the following sections.

  • Organisation Information
  • Organisation Contact Information
  • Description of organization’s activities with respect to all personal data received from the EU and/or Switzerland in reliance on the Privacy Shield
  • Independent recourse mechanism(s) available to investigate unresolved complaints
  • Description of organization's privacy policy applicable to personal data covered under your organization’s self-certification:


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