EU Safe Harbor Policy Template

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Use if gathering personal data.

The Safe Harbor Policy is meant to be posted on your web site if you are collecting personal information from people residing in countries of the European Union (EU). The European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection (October, 1998) prohibits the transfer of Personal Data to non-European Union nations that do not meet the European adequacy standard for privacy protection. In order to bridge these different privacy approaches and provide a streamlined means for U.S. organizations to comply with the Directive, the U.S. Department of Commerce, in consultation with the European Commission, developed a “Safe Harbor” framework. The Safe Harbor approved by the EU in July of 2000 is a way for U.S. companies to avoid experiencing difficulties with their dealings with the EU or potentially facing prosecution by EU authorities under European privacy laws.

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