For Immediate Release: January 11, 2017
Contact: Lorri Crowley (202) 482-3809
U.S., Switzerland Finalize Data Transfer Framework
New System Aligns with EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
WASHINGTON - Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Ken Hyatt today announced the final approval of the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (Framework). The Framework, designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Swiss Government, aligns with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and replaces the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework.
"The Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield will ensure that data flows can continue in a way that provides confidence to individuals and certainty to businesses in both Switzerland and the United States," Hyatt said. "It will enhance transatlantic data protection and support the continued growth of U.S.-Swiss commercial ties, which included two-way direct investment totaling more than $410 billion in 2015."
The Framework will provide companies a mechanism to comply with Swiss data protection requirements when transferring personal data from Switzerland to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce.
To give organizations the time needed to review the Principles and the commitments they entail, the Department will begin accepting certifications on April 12. See statements from the Swiss Federal Council and Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner. Additional information will be forthcoming at https://www.privacyshield.gov.
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