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U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework Documents
The documents listed and published below constitute the "safe harbor" privacy framework that the U.S. Department of Commerce has negotiated with the European Commission.
The U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework is set forth in a set of 7 privacy principles, 15 frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs), the European Commission's adequacy decision, the exchange of letters between the Department and the European Commission, and letters from the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Transportation on their enforcement powers. The U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework includes the final documents issued by the United States and published in the Federal Register on July 24, 2000 and September 19, 2000, and by the European Commission on July 28, 2000.
I. U.S. DOCUMENTS - July 2000
C. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
II. EUROPEAN COMMISSION DOCUMENTS - July 2000
II. EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA DOCUMENTS - November 2000
Standard Contractual Clauses
On January 19, 2001, the European Commission released its draft of standard contractual clauses (model contract provisions) to be used by U.S. organizations as an alternative to compliance with the EU Directive on Data Protection.
On June 15, 2001 the European Commission approved its draft of the standard contractual clauses.
On February 5, 2010 the European Commission adopted a decision updating the standard contractual clauses.
Documents and public comments provided through the duration of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework negotiations can be accessed in our Historic Documents section.