Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 21, 2008
Data Foundry, Inc. has announced that they have joined the Safe Harbor as set forth under the 1998 European Commission's Directive on Data Protection. The decision for Data Foundry to join the Safe Harbor comes as a result of their ongoing commitment to privacy and their desire to ensure smooth interaction for and with their customers in the United States and Europe.
The Safe Harbor framework was approved by the European Union in 2000 as a way for US companies to verify that their privacy policies meet the standards established by the European Commission. The European Union's approach to privacy protection is different from that of the United States. It is these differences which can result in complications for US business dealings with the EU. Under Safe Harbor, US companies are certified by the EU as providing acceptable privacy protection as defined by the European Commission.
"Though Data Foundry as a company does not regularly receive any personal information from the EU directly, we do provide services for companies who have important interactions with the European Union on a regular basis. Our participation in Safe Harbor is a way of affirming our strong commitment to privacy and is an effort by Data Foundry to support our customer's critical business operations beyond the services we provide to them," states Mark Noonan, VP of Sales for Data Foundry.
Organizations seeking Safe Harbor benefits must annually self certify that they agree to adhere to the Safe Harbor requirements, including "elements such as notice, choice, access, and enforcement." The Department of Commerce maintains a public list of Safe Harbor organizations and is responsible for enforcing compliance amongst organizations who have certified their adherence to Safe Harbor requirements. In addition to this self certification process, Data Foundry is further verified through SAS 70 certification auditing. SAS 70 certification affirms that Data Foundry's various controls and policies, including the privacy policies relevant to Safe Harbor, are strictly followed.
To learn more about Safe Harbor, visit the Safe Harbor Overview at http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/SH_Overview.asp.
About Data Foundry
Data Foundry, established in 1994, is a provider of Data Center Outsourcing, Managed Data Center, and Disaster Recovery services. We own and operate regionally-dispersed, secure Data Center facilities which provide 24x7x365 support from state-of-the-art Network Operation Centers. As a global provider of managed services, Data Foundry maintains and monitors a scalable, redundant and highly available network infrastructure. Over 1000 corporate customers across multiple business verticals, including Houston Wire and Cable (Nasdaq: HWCC), Whataburger, and T3 Energy Services (Nasdaq: TTES), are currently utilizing our solutions. Visit us at http://www.datafoundry.com or call 1 (512) 684-9000 for more information.