SJV & Associates Receives Safe Harbor Certification for International Criminal Background Checks

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U.S. Department of Commerce certifies SJV & Associates' data privacy procedures for conducting International Criminal Background Checks, providing clients of SJV with continued transparency and security.

SJV & Associates, a leading wholesale provider of public records research both Domestically and Internationally, has formalized and documented its data privacy procedures and obtained Safe Harbor Certification from the U.S. Department of Commerce. This certification demonstrates that SJV & Associates is compliant with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework and meets the standards defined by the EU Directive on Data Protection.

With this certification, background screening firms can order International Criminal Background Checks through SJV with increased assurance that highly controlled and secure practices are in place. "This is just one more way we can demonstrate to the background screening industry that SJV is committed towards being the most transparent provider of research available, both Domestically and Internationally.", said Scott Vanek, President of SJV & Associates. "The Safe Harbor Certification, coupled with our ISO Certified Quality Management System, continually allows our team to deliver high quality results on a consistent basis for our entire client base."

The European Directive on Data Protection requires that transfers of personal data take place only to non-EU countries that provide an "adequate" level of privacy protection. The United States takes a different approach to data privacy than taken by the European Union. To diminish uncertainties and provide a more predictable framework for personal data transfers from the EU to the U.S., the U.S. Department of Commerce, in consultation with the European Commission, issued the Safe Harbor Framework in 2000. Certified Organizations must comply with the seven Safe Harbor Principles about Notice, Choice, Onward Transfer, Access, Security, Data Integrity, and Enforcement.

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For more information on SJV & Associates and their International Services, please call 800.203.0582, or visit for more details.

About SJV & Associates:

SJV & Associates is an Atlanta based international information retrieval agency that specializes in providing high quality, in-depth, accurate and timely court records research. Since its establishment in 1998, SJV & Associates has grown to become one of the most dependable firms in the business. The company's staff includes in-house court record retrievers as well as a network of over 1500 licensed retrievers throughout North America and the world. Many of these retrievers have backgrounds in criminal justice including experience as law enforcement officers and private investigators. SJV & Associates also works directly with a number of court clerks and investigation bureaus to provide the most accurate court record results possible. SJV & Associates is also the only firm in its direct marketplace to host an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Quality Management system, ensuring superior quality research, results, and customer service for their entire client base.


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