Globalization Partners Certified Under Privacy Shield

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The United States Department of Commerce certification for HR data makes Globalization Partners the only Global Employer of Record with this critical designation.

BOSTON—Sept. 10, 2018—Globalization Partners, a Global Expansion Platform renowned for its Global Employer of Record that helps companies quickly expand into more than 170 countries without the hassle of setting up overseas branch offices, today announces it has received certification from the United States government under the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. Privacy Shield certification is crucial for United States-based companies doing business in the European Economic Area (EEA), and absolutely necessary to protect clients in operating around the globe.

Globalization Partners is the first, and currently the only, Global Employer of Record with Privacy Shield Framework certification for Human Resources data. (Click here for a list of participating organizations according to Privacy Shield’s official website).

EEA member nations recognize companies with Privacy Shield certification as being able to provide “adequate” data privacy protection, a requirement for the transfer of personal data outside of the EEA under the Data Protection Directives currently in place. The certification is part of Globalization Partners’ compliance initiatives under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an extreme tightening of the laws related to data privacy in the EU and beyond.

“Our Privacy Shield certification is a momentous event for Globalization Partners yet,” said Globalization Partners CEO Nicole Sahin. “This important certification is a testament to our efforts in striving to be the most compliant Global Employer of Record in operation today. This is absolutely crucial for our clients. We know our clients rely on us and have always believed in building a world-class business. This is a hallmark of our quest for continued excellence.”

The certification, according to Privacy Shield, “provides a number of important benefits to U.S.-based organizations, as well as their partners in Europe.”

These benefits include (from Privacy Shield website):

  • All Member States of the European Union are bound by the European Commission’s finding of “adequacy,” and Switzerland is bound by the Swiss Government’s finding of “adequacy;”
  • Participating organizations are deemed to provide “adequate” privacy protection, a requirement (subject to limited derogations) for the transfer of personal data outside of the European Union under the EU Data Protection Directive and outside of Switzerland under the Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection;
  • EU Member State requirements for prior approval of data transfers either are waived or approval will be automatically granted; and
  • Compliance requirements are clearly laid out and cost-effective, which should particularly benefit small and medium-sized enterprises.

Click here to view Globalization Partners’ Privacy Shield documentation.

Click here to learn more about Privacy Shield at their website.

About Privacy Shield Framework

The EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks were designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the European Commission and Swiss Administration, respectively, to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union and Switzerland to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce. On July 12, 2016, the European Commission deemed the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework adequate to enable data transfers under EU law (see the adequacy determination). On January 12, 2017, the Swiss Government announced the approval of the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as a valid legal mechanism to comply with Swiss requirements when transferring personal data from Switzerland to the United States. See the statements from the Swiss Federal Council.

About Globalization Partners

Globalization Partners, a Global Expansion Platform renowned for pioneering the Global Employer of Record model, helps companies expand internationally into more than 170 countries without the hassle of setting up overseas branch offices and subsidiaries. Through our platform, companies can quickly and easily hire employees overseas without having to navigate complex international legal, tax and HR issues. Whether it’s to test a new market or to expand the talent pool globally, Globalization Partners is the most trustworthy global workforce management solution in the market. We take the burden—and risk—of global expansion off our clients’ shoulders and place it onto ours.