Privacy Shield Certification Reinforces Company’s Commitment to Data Protection and Privacy of Customers in the U.S. and EU
CAMPBELL, CA – Aug. 31, 2016 - Bitglass, the total data protection company, today announced that it is the first Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) to receive the European Union (EU)-U.S. Privacy Shield Certification from the United States Department of Commerce. Bitglass is one of the first 100 organizations certified under the voluntary program, furthering Bitglass’ commitment to data protection and customer privacy.
The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework was designed to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the EU to the U.S. in support of transatlantic commerce. It also gives EU citizens a mechanism for resolving privacy disputes through the Better Business Bureau and improves transparency with respect to the types of data U.S. organizations collect and how that data is used.
"With the invalidation of the Safe Harbor framework, EU citizens were concerned that their data would be subject to misuse and many EU-based organizations require compliance with EU data protection rules," said Nat Kausik, Bitglass CEO. “As Bitglass grows its presence in Europe, we believe it's essential to keep pace with the region’s changing regulatory landscape and to be completely transparent with customers and prospects about the data we collect and how that information is used.”
On July 12, 2016 the European Commission deemed the Privacy Shield Framework adequate to enable data transfers under EU law. Privacy Shield will be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. and provides EU citizens access to U.S. courts for dispute resolution if deemed necessary. This is particularly valuable for EU-based organizations that require U.S. vendors to be certified under Privacy Shield.
More information about the Privacy Shield can be found at: https://www.privacyshield.gov/Program-Overview. The full list of past and present Privacy Shield-certified organizations can be found here: https://www.privacyshield.gov/list.
Bitglass (bitglass.com) is a leading cloud access security broker (CASB) solution that delivers security and management of corporate data in the cloud, at access, on mobile devices, and anywhere on the Internet. Bitglass was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution. Bitglass is based in Silicon Valley.