New CASRO Safe Harbor Program Can Help Companies Comply with the EU Directive on Data Protection

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CASRO, the U.S. national association for research businesses and organizations, has launched a program to help firms comply with the EU Directive on Data Protection.

CASRO is pleased to announce the launch of the CASRO Safe Harbor Program to support member self-certification to the Department of Commerce’s Safe Harbor Framework in compliance with the EU Directive on Data Protection. As an Independent Recourse Mechanism providing third party dispute resolution and enforcement services, CASRO will work closely with participating members to confirm that their privacy policies meet Department of Commerce requirements to participate in the Safe Harbor and that their adherence is properly documented. CASRO will also provide an independent, online complaint handling service, powered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus, free of charge to EU and Swiss residents.

“With the FTC’s increased enforcement of the US-EU Safe Harbor regulations, it is especially important for research companies that receive data from the EU to be vigilant in their self-certification to Safe Harbor and compliance with the EU Data Directive,” explained Abby Devine, Director of Government and Public Affairs at CASRO. “The CASRO Safe Harbor Program supports our members’ ongoing self-certification to the Safe Harbor Principles and provides an enforcement mechanism for resolution of eligible disputes.”

“We are pleased to work on this program with an organization as experienced and respected as the Better Business Bureau,” commented Diane Bowers, president of CASRO. “The CASRO Code requires members that receive data from Europe to comply with the EU Directive on Data Protection and, therefore, this is a great service for CASRO to offer. Self-certifying to the Safe Harbor assures business partners and respondents that you meet the ‘adequacy’ standards required by the EU, allowing your company to conduct business with European partners seamlessly.”

By participating in the CASRO Safe Harbor Program, CASRO members can demonstrate to business partners a commitment to protecting the data of EU and Swiss citizens and build trust with clients and with research participants.
Program pricing and other information may be accessed on the CASRO website. If you have a question about your company's eligibility to participate, contact Abby Devine, CASRO’s Director of Government and Public Affairs.

Founded in 1975, CASRO is the U.S. national association for research businesses and organizations. CASRO’s nearly 350 members in the U.S. and abroad must annually reaffirm their adherence to the CASRO Code of Standards and Ethics, an internationally respected code of business and professional standards. CASRO’s member benefits include a strong government and public affairs program, industry guidelines and surveys, superb educational and networking opportunities at workshops and conferences, auditing and certification via the CASRO Institute for Research Quality, and the business resources and development network of the Americas Research Industry Alliance (ARIA) and the Global Research Business Network (GRBN).

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