Swiss-US Privacy Shield Rollout: What to Expect – Webinar Recap

April 13, 2017

  Adding Swiss-US Privacy Shield self-certification. As part of the TRUSTe Privacy Insight Webinar Series, Nasreen Djouini, Michelle Sylvester-Jose of the U.S. International Trade Administration, and Josh Harris of TRUSTe discussed the rollout of Swiss-US Privacy Shield. Some examples of where the Swiss-US Privacy Shield framework and the EU-US Privacy Shield framework vary are: When covering HR data received from Switzerland, an organization must commit to cooperating with the Swiss Federal Data Protection Information Commissioner authority (FDPIC) as the independent recourse mechanism. However, for non-HR data, an organization can elect to use the Swiss Federal Data Protection Information Commissioner or … Continue reading Swiss-US Privacy Shield Rollout: What to Expect – Webinar Recap

Important Privacy Shield Requirements for Pharma & Medical Companies

March 28, 2017

By Emily S. Yu, Privacy Solutions Manager, TRUSTe The EU-US Privacy Shield framework is an approved transfer mechanism for personal data from the EU to the United States, meaning that once self-certified, companies have “adequate” protections in place when transferring personal data. Businesses involved in clinical, medical and other forms of scientific research may not be aware that there are specific requirements under Privacy Shield that apply to those fields. The requirements may create the need for additional privacy policy controls, so companies in those fields should check to ensure that all requirements are being met. These requirements are addressed in … Continue reading Important Privacy Shield Requirements for Pharma & Medical Companies

Privacy Shield Grace Period is Ending, Are you Ready?

March 20, 2017

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Soon companies that self-certified with the Department of Commerce (DOC) last fall before the September 30, 2016 deadline will have the 9 month “grace period” come to a close. The grace period was given to these companies so that they could ensure that all of their third party vendors met the Accountability for Onward Transfer principle. The grace period ends soon, meaning that the deadline is fast approaching. The Privacy Shield  Accountability for Onward Transfer principle, Section II, 3.b., states: To transfer personal data to a third party acting as an agent, organizations must: (i) transfer such data only for limited and specified … Continue reading Privacy Shield Grace Period is Ending, Are you Ready?

5 Benefits of APEC CBPR Certification You Should Know About

March 13, 2017

1) Jurisdiction-Specific Transfer Benefits: In Japan, companies that have a CBPR certification do not have to obtain consent to transfer data to another country, which is otherwise required under Japanese law. 2) Facilitation of APEC-European Interoperability: An APEC CBPR certification may make it easier for an organization to obtain approval of their Binding Corporate Rules in the European Union. Since 2013, APEC member Economies and EU officials have been collaborating to promote interoperability between the two regional transfer mechanisms. 3) Alignment with Global Frameworks: An APEC CBPR certification is based on many of the same principles that inform the OECD … Continue reading 5 Benefits of APEC CBPR Certification You Should Know About

Play Store Requires Privacy Policies

February 28, 2017

Google recently informed some developers with apps on its storefront that it will be penalizing apps on its Google Play Store that do not have privacy policies adhering to its User Data Policy. According to Next Web, Google emailed a notice to developers stating that violations of the User Data Policy would result in their apps’ visibility being limited or removed altogether. The User Policy states: You must be transparent in how you handle user data (e.g., information provided by a user, collected about a user, and collected about a user’s use of the app or device), including by disclosing … Continue reading Play Store Requires Privacy Policies

Swiss-US Privacy Shield Replaces U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor

February 24, 2017

Last month the United States Department of Commerce and Switzerland’s Federal Council declared that the new Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework will be the successor to the Swiss-US Safe Harbor framework. The Swiss-US Safe Harbor framework was declared invalid in October 2015 following the European Union Court of Justice’s decision that the EU-US Safe Harbor was an inadequate legal mechanism for personal data transfers to the US. Since then, officials have drafted the new framework to ensure that the Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework improves upon the U.S.- Swiss Safe Harbor framework by including stricter data protection principles. These include enhanced requirements … Continue reading Swiss-US Privacy Shield Replaces U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor