With the EU General Data Protection Guidelines (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018, Cogeco Peer 1 is pleased to announce that we have renewed our certification under the EU-US Privacy Shield Program and are publicly committed to complying with its requirements. This certification enables us to legally transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States while meeting EU data protection requirements.
The European Commission introduced the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework in August 2016 to address the changing needs of data management and privacy, replacing the previous Safe Harbor Principles which had been deemed no longer robust enough.
The Privacy Shield Principles comprise a set of seven commonly recognized privacy principles combined with 16 equally binding supplemental principles, which explain and augment the first seven. Collectively, these 23 Privacy Shield Principles lay out a set of requirements governing participating organizations’ use and treatment of personal data received from the EU under the Framework as well as the access and recourse mechanisms that participants must provide to individuals in the EU. Once an organization publicly commits to comply with the Privacy Shield Principles, that commitment is enforceable under U.S. law.