Questionmark announces compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

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Trumbull, CT -- November 30, 2016 -- Questionmark, a leading provider of assessment technologies and services, announced today that it has formally adopted and is now compliant with the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework.

The Privacy Shield provides a way for organizations to comply with EU data protection requirements when personal data is transferred to the US from the EU. "Questionmark’s Privacy Shield certification demonstrates to customers our particular commitment to data protection and security and we will continue to monitor and review our data protection and privacy approaches in line with EU data protection developments.” Says CEO Eric Shepherd.

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield is a new framework with distinct requirements and has been to fill the void left by the invalidation of the US-EU Safe Harbor Agreement (“Safe Harbor”) last year. Questionmark’s privacy policy aligns with the privacy shield principles, while also reflecting the businesses operations.

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield brings some key improvements as compared with Safe Harbour including:

  • Greater monitoring by authorities in the US and EU to ensure compliance
  • Increased ways for individuals to enforce their rights without cost
  • Additional obligations for participating organizations e.g. ensuring third-party transferees provide the same level of protection for personal data
  • Safeguards and transparency in relation to government data access

For European customers, this means increased transparency and protection in the transference of personal data to the US.