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.

Guidance

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 expressing FTC commitment to protecting consumer privacy and the enforcement of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Program
Keynote Address by FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez at the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue and Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership