Safe Harbor-Related Seminars, Roundtables, and Webinars
Both here and abroad, data privacy issues are taking on even greater significance, and countries around the world are revising or creating laws and regulations related to privacy. These changes could have an impact on your company and how it complies with privacy restrictions domestically and overseas.
Portland, Oregon IAPP KnowledgeNet:
The Portland IAPP KnowledgeNet chapter will be hosting an event featuring privacy experts from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) to brief companies on the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks, and the White House Privacy Blueprint released in February 2012. Christopher Hoff, who co-administers these Frameworks, and works closely with counterparts in Europe on this program, will provide an overview of these important mechanisms to meet EU and Swiss data protection requirements, and discuss future developments. Krysten Jenci, Director for Electronic Commerce at ITA, will brief companies on the key points of the White House Privacy Blueprint and important developments since the Blueprint’s release, as well as the Administration’s strategy for promoting globally compatible approaches to data protection.
Boston, Massachusetts Seminar:
Join the U.S. Department of Commerce on March 25th to hear from U.S. Department of Commerce experts. Cameron Kerry, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce, will discuss protecting privacy and preserving the free flow of data with the EU. Caitlin Fennessy, Business & Industry Analyst, Office of Technology and Electronic Commerce from the U.S. Department of Commerce, will talk about implementation and next steps for the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules System (APEC CBPR), in addition to the White House’s Privacy Blueprint released in February 2012. Christopher Hoff, Safe Harbor Co-Administrator from the U.S. Department of Commerce, will provide an overview of the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks, as well as updates on the future of the Frameworks. Two local Massachusetts companies will also advise how they comply with data privacy.
Safe Harbor Website Developments
Clarifications Regarding the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and Cloud Computing Posted April 2013: A document, which we have prepared clarifying various aspects of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework, and its applicability to the cloud computing sector, is available via the link provided herein. This document is meant to provide prospective or existing participants in the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor program with a resource that they can refer to and refer others to when concerns are raised about the interplay between the program and cloud computing.
Summary of FTC Enforcement Posted August 2012: A summary, which we prepared in early August 2012, of Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforcement of Safe Harbor commitments is available via the link provided herein. Please note that the FTC updated the Safe Harbor material on its own website in late 2012 to include detailed information regarding such enforcement.
New Survey Feature Launched in June 2012: Organizations participating in the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor programs will be invited to complete a new survey to help ITA’s Office of Technology and Electronic Commerce better evaluate the programs and how they support U.S. exports. The survey consists of five short questions and should only take a few minutes to complete. Those organizations self-certifying for the first time or recertifying on-line will be prompted to complete the survey prior to arriving at the payment page. We hope that organizations participating in one or both of the Safe Harbor programs will take this important opportunity to communicate directly with ITA regarding the programs to help us better serve the Safe Harbor community.
New Safe Harbor List Search Function Launched in June 2012: In an effort to further enhance the functionality of the Safe Harbor website (export.gov/safeharbor), ITA’s Office of Technology and Electronic Commerce launched a new search function making the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Lists searchable by organization certification status (i.e. “Current” or “Not Current”). We hope that this enhancement will make the Safe Harbor Lists and the Safe Harbor website even more useful to all Safe Harbor stakeholders.
U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Cooperation
November 22, 2012, European Voice, Brussels, Belgium
March 19, 2012, Washington, DC
“In line with the objectives of increasing trade and regulatory cooperation outlined by our leaders at the U.S.-EU Summit, the United States and the European Union reaffirm their respective commitments to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework. This Framework, which has been in place since 2000, is a useful starting point for further interoperability. Since its inception, over 3,000 companies have self-certified to the Framework to demonstrate their commitment to privacy protection and to facilitate transatlantic trade. The European Commission and the Department of Commerce look forward to continued close U.S.-EU collaboration to ensure the continued operation and progressive updates to this Framework. As the EU and the United States continue to work on significant revisions to their respective privacy frameworks over the next several years, the two sides will endeavor to find mechanisms that will foster the free flow of data across the Atlantic. Both parties are committed to work towards solutions based on non-discrimination and mutual recognition when it comes to personal data protection issues which could serve as frameworks for global interoperability that can promote innovation, the free flow of goods and services, and privacy protection around the world. The EU and the United States remain dedicated to the operation of the Safe Harbor Framework-as well as to our continued cooperation with the Commission to address issues as they arise-as a means to allow companies to transfer data from the EU to the United States, and as a tool to promote transatlantic trade and economic growth.”
March 19, 2012, Washington, DC
This European Commission hosted conference covered transatlantic privacy issues and focused on current policy and legislative initiatives in the European Union and the United States. The conference also included a discussion of the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework.