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?

3 Ways to Leverage Your Privacy Shield Certification

March 02, 2017

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Last week TRUSTe held a webinar “Privacy Shield Self-Certification – What’s Next?” as part of its Privacy Insight Series. If you missed the webinar you can still sign up to receive the on-demand recording and the slides. Our speakers, David Fowler, Chief Privacy & Digital Compliance Officer, Act-On Software; Amanda Gratchner, Global Privacy Counsel, NAVEX Global; and K Royal, Senior Privacy Consultant at TRUSTe discussed several different ways to enhance everything from your policies to your Privacy Impact Assessments by leveraging your Privacy Shield Certification. They also discussed how to use the Certification toward compliance with other frameworks, such as the … Continue reading 3 Ways to Leverage Your Privacy Shield Certification

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

Top Topics of 2016

December 30, 2016

We would like to thank all of our blog subscribers and visitors for a great 2016. This year has had many monumental privacy events, from the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being adopted to EU-US Privacy Shield being finalized. TRUSTe was there as your trusted privacy advisor throughout the changes, and here are the top three blog posts of the year: 1. EU GDPR Series: Tips on Privacy Compliance This series gives the background on the EU GDPR, the path to compliance, and practical implementation steps for each phase of your program. Each individual post contains best practices, tips, and … Continue reading Top Topics of 2016