What are the EU Model Clauses?August 2, 2017
For our clients who operate in the European Union (EU), we offer EU Model Clauses in our contracts with you. These ensure that you are following EU data protection laws about how you transfer personal data across international boundaries. Here’s more about why you need these—and how we help.
EU data protection law
This law regulates how you can transfer personal data about EU customers to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA). This includes all EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
If your organization operates in these areas and you control personal data, it’s your responsibility under EU law to protect that data. But it doesn’t just stop there. You are also responsible for knowing that all of your service providers and partners also abide by EU data protection laws. If they don’t, you can face liability—and can even be blocked from using a service.
EU Model Clauses
To be sure that you’re following the law, you should make sure that your contracts with service providers include the EU Model Clauses. These are standardized contractual clauses used in agreements between service providers and their customers to ensure that any personal data that leaves the EEA will be transferred in compliance with EU data-protection law and meet the requirements of the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.
Binary Tree has you covered
At Binary Tree, we have invested in the operational processes that meet the exact requirements of the Model Clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors. Our contract with you includes the Model Clauses, referred to as Standard Contractual Clauses that make specific guarantees around transfers of personal data for in-scope services. This ensures that our clients can freely move data through the Microsoft cloud from the EEA to the rest of the world.