Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor Declarations

  • ServInt Corporation adheres to the Safe Harbor privacy principles.
  • Independent recourse mechanism to investigate unresolved complaints is available via BBB OnLine.
  • Safe Harbor questions, complaints, access requests or any other issues arising under Safe Harbor may be addressed to
  • Safe Harbor certifies that ServInt Corporation (ServInt) meets the privacy protection standards set forth by the European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection. This means that all ServInt customer data is pre-certified to move freely in and out of European Union (EU) countries, making the connection with these countries more time and cost efficient.

The European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection prohibits the transfer of personal data to non-European Union nations that do not meet the European “adequacy” standard for privacy protection. While the United States and the European Union (EU) both share the goal of enhancing privacy protection for their citizens, the United States and the European Union take differing approaches.

In order to bridge these different privacy approaches and provide a streamlined means for US organizations to comply with the Directive, the US Department of Commerce in consultation with the European Commission developed a “Safe Harbor” framework. The Safe Harbor – approved by the EU in July of 2000 — is an important way for US companies to avoid experiencing interruptions in their business dealings with the EU or facing prosecution by European authorities under European privacy laws. Certifying to the Safe Harbor will assure that EU organizations know that your company provides “adequate” privacy protection, as defined by the Directive.

The Safe Harbor provides a number of important benefits to US and EU firms. Benefits for US organizations participating in the safe harbor will include:

  • All 27 Member States of the European Union will be bound by the European Commission’s finding of adequacy
  • Companies participating in the safe harbor will be deemed adequate and data flows to those companies will continue;
  • Member State requirements for prior approval of data transfers either will be waived or approval will be automatically granted
  • Claims brought by European citizens against US companies will be heard in the US subject to limited exceptions.
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