Welcome to the U.S.-EU & U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks
The European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection went into effect in October of 1998, and would prohibit the transfer of personal data to non-European Union countries that do not meet the European Union (EU) “adequacy” standard for privacy protection. While the United States and the EU share the goal of enhancing privacy protection for their citizens, the United States takes a different approach to privacy from that taken by the EU.
In order to bridge these different privacy approaches and provide a streamlined means for U.S. organizations to comply with the Directive, the U.S. Department of Commerce in consultation with the European Commission developed a "Safe Harbor" framework and this website to provide the information an organization should need to evaluate – and then join – the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor program.
Similarly, the U.S. Department of Commerce in consultation with the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner of Switzerland developed a "Safe Harbor" framework to bridge the differences between the two countries’ privacy approaches and provide a streamlined means for U.S. organizations to comply with the Swiss data protection law. This website also provides the information an organization should need to evaluate – and then join – the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor program.
To get started, please use the following links:
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I have heard of this before. But didn't know what it was about. I read a couple of pages. But as per usual with Gov Web Sites... There's allot to sift through, to get to the pertinent info!:O
- Safe Harbor Login/Certification Form
- Safe Harbor Home
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- U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor List
- Safe Harbor Overviews
- U.S.-European Union Safe Harbor Framework
- U.S.-Switzerland Safe Harbor Framework
- Safe Harbor Documents
- Certification Checklists
- U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Guide to Self-Certification
- Certification Workbook
- Safe Harbor Fees
- U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Certification Mark Instructions
- Annual Reaffirmation
- News & Events
- Contact Safe Harbor