November 2, 2015
Global-Z International would like to make you aware of a significant change in rules governing personal data transfer between the United States and the European Union (EU).
EU law requires that companies exporting citizens’ personal data do so only to countries providing a similar level of legal protection for that data. In the case of the U.S., the exchange of personal data has been covered by the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, which the European Commission ruled in July 2000 provide adequate protection.
The new ruling, handed down on October 6th, 2015, has made the current Safe Harbor agreement invalid.
We want you to be aware that:
- Global-Z has had Safe Harbor Certification since 2001.
- Global-Z has been monitoring personal privacy issues and we are aware of the European Union Court ruling.
- We are working with our legal advisors and the US DMA to monitor developments including the activities/response of the US Department of Commerce.
- Global-Z does not expect this ruling to impact our operations or our services to our customers.
- We are confident that the strong contracts and the strict privacy practice we have in place meet the legal protection requirements of the EU.
We want all Global-Z customers, prospects and partners to be aware of these developments and be assured that we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you advised of the ongoing developments. The US Department of Commerce is meeting with EU counterparts to discuss possible solutions.
Feel free to contact your Global-Z representative if you have any questions.