VeraSafe Privacy Shield Independent Recourse Mechanism 2019 Annual Report

VeraSafe has just published its third annual report for the VeraSafe Privacy Shield and Safe Harbor Dispute Resolution Program, showing outstanding data protection compliance among organizations participating in the program. The full report is available here: https://www.verasafe.com/pdf/VeraSafe-Privacy-Shield-IRM-Annual-Report-2019.pdf 

One of the most popular mechanisms relied on by U.S. organizations to lawfully receive personal data from the European Economic Area (“EEA”) and Switzerland is participation in the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks (“Privacy Shield”). As part of the VeraSafe Privacy Program, VeraSafe offers a first-class independent recourse mechanism (“IRM”) which allows participating organizations to meet their obligation under the Privacy Shield to provide independent dispute resolution services to data subjects via an IRM. Moreover, it creates a professional and amicable forum for data subjects to resolve their privacy complaints through mediation.

The report confirms the success of the overarching VeraSafe Privacy Program in ensuring that participating organizations protect personal data and safeguard the fundamental rights and freedoms of their data subjects. There have been no qualified Privacy Shield related complaints during the reporting period. This comes as no surprise, as the participants of the VeraSafe Privacy Program benefit from advisory and audit services that go well beyond the minimum requirements of the Privacy Shield Frameworks. Our holistic approach to privacy and data protection draws heavily on the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, and the views of the European data protection regulators.

For more information or to enroll in the VeraSafe Privacy Shield Dispute Resolution Program, please visit: https://www.verasafe.com/privacy-services/dispute-resolution/