Schrems II

Higher switches to European cloud solution to meet new Schrems II directive on personal data storage

On 16 July, the European Court of Justice ruled in the so-called Schrems II case. The ruling means that it has become illegal to use IT-based services that in any way transfer and process personal data in the US with the support of the regulations called Privacy Shield.

Privacy Shield is a US self-certification mechanism. This means that companies in the USA can register with the US Department of Commerce and announce that they meet the requirements set in the Privacy Shield.

According to a previous (now invalid) decision by the European Commission, EU data controllers have been allowed to transfer personal data to recipients who have joined the Privacy Shield. The annulment of the Privacy Shield means that EU data controllers are no longer allowed to transfer personal data to recipients in the US on the basis of the Privacy Shield.

Based on the Schrems II goal, in the autumn of 2020 Higher decided to move its entire mobile recruitment tool to a European cloud provider. As of February 1, 2021, there is no longer any connection to the United States. Regardless of whether you are a candidate and looking for a job via Higher or if you are a customer, you should always feel confident that Higher follows the GDPR and acts responsibly in all situations. GDPR has become such an important issue and regulators have begun to act more clearly in recent times. 


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