U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework

The U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework provides a method for U.S. companies to transfer personal data outside the European Union in a way that's consistent with the EU Data Protection Directive.  To join the Safe Harbor, a company must self-certify to the Department of Commerce that it complies with EU standards.  The FTC enforces the promise that companies make when they certify that they participate in the Safe Harbor Framework. 

Federal Trade Commission Enforcement of the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks

The U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework provides a method for U.S. companies to transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States that is consistent with the requirements of the EU Data Protection Directive. Learn more about the seven principles of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework.

Letter from Chairwoman Edith Ramirez to Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice-President in Charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (Nov. 12, 2013)

Letter expressing FTC commitment to protecting consumer privacy and the enforcement of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Program

Protecting Consumers and Competition in a New Era of Transatlantic Trade (Oct. 29, 2013)

Keynote Address by FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez at the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue and Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership