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Safe Harbor Privacy

Course Description


With modern technology, it has become easier than ever for companies to gather, analyze and transmit consumer data worldwide. However, with ease of data access and usage come growing concerns about protecting information privacy. Experts note that privacy issues are of such magnitude to hinder growth of the Internet and e–commerce in particular. Further complicating matters is that consumer data privacy is regulated differently in different parts of the world. Companies wishing to do business with consumers living in other countries must understand and comply with local regulations regarding information privacy.

In Europe, for example, consumer information is protected under comprehensive legislation, including a Data Protection Directive begun in 1998. Foreign companies wishing to receive personal information about European citizens from companies in the European Union (EU) must have policies in place that ensure an adequate level of privacy protection. This legislation comes in stark contrast to the U.S. where companies have been mostly allowed to self–regulate.

In response, the U.S. Commerce Department created the “Safe Harbor” program for U.S. companies in 2000. Companies choosing to participate must meet stringent requirements, after which they are certified in the Safe Harbor program and can receive personal information regarding consumers from EU countries, Switzerland and Canada. Certification requires that companies have a privacy policy that addresses seven specific privacy/security principles.

The Cintas, 30–minute online Safe Harbor Privacy Training Course delivers the seven specific privacy/security principles in simple, easy–to–understand terms. Content includes quizzes, news clippings and real–world compliance issues that employees should learn to recognize and deal with appropriately. Topics covered in this course include:

  • What is Safe Harbor?
  • Know the seven privacy/security principles of Safe Harbor
  • What is “notice”?
  • What is “choice”?
  • Understanding transfers to third parties
  • Defining access
  • Defining security
  • All about data integrity
  • Essential enforcement



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