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The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) advances the global interests of American business both at home and abroad.  It is the American affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE).  As such, it has agreed to act as a trusted third party on behalf of the European Union (EU) Data Protection Authorities.

Background

The U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework, as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information transferred from EU member countries to companies in the United States, requires that participating U.S. companies have in place appropriate independent recourse mechanism/s (IRMs) for dispute resolution.  Any company may choose the EU Data Protection Authorities (EU DPAs) to serve as an IRM for dispute resolution; however, any company that wishes to cover ‘organization human resources data’ (i.e., personal information about its own employees, past or present, collected in the context of the employment relationship) under its Safe Harbor self-certification must use the EU DPAs as the IRM for that category of data.

For all companies who have chosen the EU DPAs to serve as an IRM for dispute resolution (i.e., have agreed to participate in the dispute resolution procedures of the panel established by the EU DPAs to resolve disputes pursuant to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles), an annual fee must be paid to United States Council for International Business in the amount of US $50.00 to cover the operating costs of the EU DPAs’ Dispute resolution panel.

Payment to USCIB

Payment of the aforementioned fee to USCIB by a company does not obviate the need for that company to self-certify the company’s commitment to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework.  Information concerning the self-certification process under the Safe Harbor program administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce is available on the Department’s Safe Harbor website: http://export.gov/safeharbor/.  For detailed questions concerning one or both of the Safe Harbor Frameworks, please e-mail: safe.harbor@trade.gov.  Please return to this page if the company chooses to use the EU DPA for dispute resolution.

Payment instructions to USCIB for the EU DPAs Dispute resolution panel in the amount of US $50.00 are as follows:

For payment via Credit Card, please click on the following:  https://safeharbor.uscib.org/

1.     After clicking on the above link you will need to register the cardholder’s information and also provide the legal name of the entity requesting EU DPAs dispute resolution services (the same company name as on the self-certification to the U.S. Department of Commerce) under the “Participating Company Name” field.

***Please note:  If you are paying for multiple companies or years, please complete one (1) $50.00 payment per company specifying the legal name of the entity requesting EU DPAs dispute resolution services and the corresponding year under the “Participating Company Name” field and repeat all steps for each company and year.

2.     The e-mail account provided upon registration will receive a receipt upon successful completion of payment.  Use this receipt as evidence of payment to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

3.     Contact Cai-Wen Ding at 212-703-5051 (Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM EST) or e-mail cwding@uscib.org for inquiries on credit card payments.

For payment by check, please

1.     Make the check payable to United States Council for International Business,

2.     Check amountàUS $50.00,

3.     Please reference the legal name of the entity requesting EU DPAs dispute resolution services (same company name as on the self-certification to the U.S. Department of Commerce),

4.     Mail the signed check to:

United States Council for International Business

c/o Safe Harbor - EU DPAs

1212 Avenue of the Americas, 21st Floor

New York, NY  10036

 

5.     Use your canceled check as evidence of payment to the U.S. Department of Commerce.





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