Melissa Adopts EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Certification

Melissa, a provider of global data quality and identity verification solutions, has achieved certification in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, which establishes principles to ensure privacy of customer data shared in the process of transatlantic commerce. According to Melissa, this certification supports Melissa's ongoing commitment to the security, privacy, and availability of customer data for a worldwide clientele.

Developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission, the Privacy Shield Framework provides companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union to the United States.

Customer data must be protected at every point along the data chain, particularly as data sources become not only more diverse, but also more connected globally, stated Dennis Bedford, chief compliance officer at Melissa.

The Privacy Shield program was established to bridge the different approaches to data privacy between the U.S. and European Union. Its goal is to ensure statutory authority to foster, promote, and develop international commerce, based on effective safeguards and protections as developed in consultation with the European Commission, industry, and other stakeholders in international trade and commerce.

The Privacy Shield program is administered by the International Trade Administration within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Once participants self-certify according to established guidelines, they are held accountable for compliance under U.S. law.

Click here to visit Melissa's EU-U.S. Privacy Shield listing. For more information about Melissa, go to