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“We have followed the news surrounding Brexit very closely. At this time, the UK remains part of the EU and all business remains as usual. Autotask complies with EU standards pertaining to data protection and privacy and will continue to do so. We do not foresee any future impact for our EU customers. Should the UK’s exit from the EU come to pass, we would expect the UK to adopt an equivalent standard to the EU. We are hopeful that any new laws established would allow us to continue to serve the EU from our world class datacenter in London. However, if this scenario is determined to be unallowable, Autotask will undertake whatever actions necessary to ensure our EU customers are supported under the then-current laws. We will continue to update our global customers on any implications resulting from Brexit.”
- Adam Stewart, SVP of Engineering, Autotask Corporation
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European Court of Justice’s Decision and Impact to the U.S.-EU and U.S. Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks
Autotask provides products that help automate critical parts of your business. We understand that recent decisions by the European Union Court of Justice have raised questions for our customers. Please read below for information on how we can help ensure that transfers of personal data from the European Union (EU) and Switzerland to the U.S. can occur in line with EU and Swiss data
Q: What has happened to the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks?
A: On 6 October 2015, the European Union Court of Justice (CJEU) declared the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor program invalid resulting in transfers of personal data from the EU to the U.S. being deemed a violation of EU data protection laws where Safe Harbor was relied upon as the basis for such transfer.
On 22 October 2015, the Swiss data protection regulator declared the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor program also invalid based upon the CJEU’s ruling.
Q: What are the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks?
A: The U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework was developed and agreed to by the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2000 and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework was developed and agreed to by the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner of Switzerland in 2009. Each of these Frameworks enabled U.S. organizations certified under the programs to legitimately receive personal data from the EU and/or Switzerland.
More information about the programs may be found on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s website at: http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/.
Q: How did the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks apply to Autotask products and services?
A: Any transfer of personal data (any information that can identify an individual) from the EU and/or Switzerland to the U.S. is affected by this ruling. Given that Autotask products and services may collect personal data, and the data is transferred—or may be transferred—to the U.S., Autotask products and services are potentially affected by this ruling.
Q: What does this mean for my company using Autotask products and services?
A: To ensure that transfers of personal data from the EU and Switzerland to the U.S. can occur in line with EU and Swiss data protection laws, we are offering our customers a data processing addendum that incorporates the European Commission’s standard contractual clauses (sometimes referred to as model clauses). These Standard Contractual Clauses will apply in situations where an alternate legitimate basis for transfer of personal data from the EU or Switzerland to the U.S. does not exist.
Q: What are the European Commission standard contractual clauses?
A: The Standard Contractual Clauses are a set of contract terms created by the European Commission to legitimize the transfer of personal data from Europe, where another legal means for the transfer does not already exist.
Q: How does my company incorporate Standard Contractual Clauses into my Autotask contract(s)?
A: You should complete, sign and return the data processing addendum to firstname.lastname@example.org. The data processing addendum (English) (Dual German-English), by its terms, will be incorporated into your existing agreement(s) with Autotask Corporation.
Q: What should I do if I have additional questions?
A: Please contact your sales account manager or our client support team (as noted below) and they will be happy to assist you.
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