RDC Certification Accepted By U.S. Commerce Department for EU DataProtectionSafeHarbor
Following a review of RDC's certification materials, the United States Department of Commerce placed Regulatory DataCorp, Inc. on its Safe Harbor list of companies. The European Commission's Directive on Data Protection went into effect in October, 1998, and would prohibit the transfer of personal data to non-European Union nations that do not meet the European "adequacy" standard for privacy protection. While the United States and the European Union share the goal of enhancing privacy protection for their citizens, the United States takes a different approach to privacy from that taken by the European Union. In order to bridge these different privacy approaches and provide a streamlined means for US organizations to comply with the Directive, the US Department of Commerce in consultation with the European Commission developed a "safe harbor" framework. The safe harbor -- approved by the EU -- is an important way for US companies to avoid experiencing interruptions in their business dealings with the EU or facing prosecution by European authorities under European privacy laws. Certifying to the safe harbor allows EU organizations to know that an international company provides "adequate" privacy protection, as defined by the Directive. This list can be found at http://export.gov/safeharbor.
Please don't hesitate to contact our Privacy Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions concerning Safe Harbor.