Posts Tagged ‘EU Data Protection Directive’

1746 Organizations In The U.S.’s EU Safe Harbor Program

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

A type of project I really love to do is a privacy impact assessment (PIA). For companies who collect or otherwise handle the personally identifiable information (PII) of individuals from multiple countries, typically doing a cross border data flow analysis of the PII is within the scope of the PIA.


Whose PII Is Covered Under the EU Data Protection Directive?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

I got a great question from a business friend of mine, and I wanted to provide my answer here, too, because it is something all multi-national organizations need to think about. Eric Nelson, who heads Secure Privacy Solutions asked, “If a company collects and manages PII from another country, e.g., India or the U.S., and transfers that PII to the E.U. for some type of processing or storage or even just transit, does the E.U. Data Directive apply once that PII leaves a country within the E.U.?”


New Website Seal For Companies Participating In The EU Safe Harbor Program

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Something I’ve been spending a lot of work on this summer is creating management tools to help information security and privacy practitioners do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. In the past three months I’ve had over a dozen CISOs and CPOs call me and ask if I had specific types of tools to help them with their information security, privacy and compliance efforts and iniatives. One of the tools will help them with managing their programs and processes for, along with the many complex issues involved with, transferring personally identifiable information (PII) with any of the 27 European Union (EU) contries to the U.S. and other countries. One of the areas involved with tackling this issue is whether or not to participate in the Safe Harbor program.
So, I was very interested to read that the U.S. Commerce Department announced a new certification mark/seal for organizations to put on their websites to show that they have self-certified compliance with the Safe Harbor Framework requirements.


Great New Privacy Guidance Tools From The EU

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Do you have any customers in any of the 27 European Union (EU) countries? Do you have any personnel in the EU? COULD YOU have?
Any company sending or receiving personally identifiable information (PII) of a very wide range of possibilities…many more items are considered as PII outside of the U.S. than within the states…to or from other countries must abide by the data protection (read “privacy”) laws for those countries. The EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) establishes the minimum PII data protection requirements that ALL companies, any where in the world, must follow to send PII for their citizens over their country borders. Each of the EU countries also have specific data protection laws that may be even more restrictive than the EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC).


Information Security Awareness in Europe…The Issues Are the Same Worldwide

Friday, August 24th, 2007

on 8/22/2007 a very interesting and useful report was released by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), “Information security awareness initiatives: Current practice and the measurement of success.”


EU Data Protection Audits Active and Anticipated

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

As a follow-up to my blog posting yesterday, I wanted to point out that the European Union (EU) Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) have been very active in pursuing data protection law compliance.


EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC: Member Countries

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Multi-national organizations doing business in Europe must know and understand not only their obligations to protect personally identifiable information (PII) under the European Union (EU) Data Protection Directive 95/45/EC, but they must also know and understand the data protection laws within each of the EU member countries.


Privacy Breach: Bank in UK Sends Personal Data of 75,000 Customers to 1 Customer Requesting Her Own Statement

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

The Halifax Bank of Scotland sent the complete account information for 75,000 of their customers to one customer who had requested a copy of her own statement.