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The EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is meant to protect the privacy rights of users all across the EU.  However, another regulation, this one passed by authorities in Switzerland, will also have a big impact on U.S. companies that collect or transfer data of Swiss citizens.  To ease the confusion a bit, a mechanism has been created to help companies comply.

The U.S. Department of Commerce, the European Commission and Swiss Administration jointly came up with a mechanism to comply with both EU and Swiss requirements called the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks.  This enables companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to self-certify and comply with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union and Switzerland to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce.  A link to the program is provided below.