Even during the partial government shutdown, the U.S. Commerce Department continues to administer certification for an essential trans-atlantic data transfer program.

While much of the Commerce Department is shuttered right now, Bloomberg Government reports that staff administering the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield program continue to work, since they are funded by fees from the program.

The Insights Association offers our Privacy Shield Program as a benefit of company membership, since it serves as an Independent Recourse Mechanism (IRM), a required component of the program. 

"Even if the FTC won’t bring immediate enforcement actions" against companies that falsely claim to be certified and/or are following the Privacy Shield rules, according to the Bloomberg article, "they could do so as soon as the partial government shutdown ends." So there is no reason for laxity.

Privacy Shield is still the simplest mechanism for data transfer and a great starting point for companies on the road to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance

For questions on joining the Insights Association Privacy Shield program, please contact Juliana Wood.