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WiredTree Earns US-EU & Swiss Safe Harbor Certification

November 16, 2010 by  

Web Hosting ServicesChicago, IL – WiredTree, a leading managed dedicated server and managed hybrid server hosting company, announced today its compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework. The Safe Harbor certification demonstrates WiredTree’s ability to provide privacy protection and handle customers’ personal data in the appropriate manner as set forth by the European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection.

“The U.S.-EU & Swiss Safe Harbor Certification is an important milestone for WiredTree and its customers,” says Zac Cogswell, President of WiredTree. “EU businesses can be confident in their transactions with us because we have agreed to follow the Safe Harbor’s framework for dispute resolution in case of any issues. Many small businesses are afraid of doing business overseas as they feel they have no recourse if something goes wrong. This framework sets an official agreement for disputes.”


In order to be certified under the U.S.-EU & Swiss Safe Harbor Framework, WiredTree had to comply with the following Safe Harbor criteria: notice, choice, onward transfer, access, security, data integrity and enforcement. These criteria are meant to give customers more control over the accuracy and transfer of personal data. By achieving Safe Harbor certification, WiredTree ensures a consistent data flow in and out of European Union countries, enabling their customers to transact business in a seamless environment throughout the EU, without concern for data security and privacy.

“Although WiredTree is not the only hosting company with U.S.-EU & Swiss Safe Harbor Certification, it is not very common in the web hosting sector,” says Cogswell. “This certificate is awarded to companies that adhere to Safe Harbor privacy principles, submit to ongoing site monitoring, and participate in the privacy dispute resolution program. The certification verifies and represents that WiredTree meets the EU standards and is committed to core principles of data security and privacy protection.”

WiredTree provides managed dedicated hosting solutions to many types of organizations, and now, with the newly attained U.S.-EU & Swiss Safe Harbor status, WiredTree has the opportunity to expand their dedicated hosting offering to the organizations and individuals needing a managed hosting provider that guarantees Safe Harbor protection. The certification is an important way for WiredTree to help customers make their business with EU companies more time and cost efficient by removing the obstacles encountered with non-Safe Harbor Certified hosting providers.

“The Safe Harbor framework sets a privacy standard for personal data,” says Cogswell. “Our own privacy policy was already strong, but we explicitly extended it to cover the rules set forth in the agreement.”

Safe Harbor Certification is particularly important to WiredTree’s customers who use WiredTree’s managed dedicated hosting plans and dedicated server hosting services. By securing the Safe Harbor status, WiredTree demonstrates to customers that they are committed to building consumer trust online by providing superior hosting services combined with European data security and privacy protection standards.

About WiredTree
Formed in June 2006 to set a new standard for managed web hosting, WiredTree provides a superior managed hosting environment through customer service, innovative network design, a unique suite of services, and the latest technological advances in server hardware. WiredTree’s network leverages two logically separated networks – a public Internet network and a private internal network. This modern “network-within-a-network” design allows WiredTree to securely provide a wide range of value-added services for businesses of all sizes.

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