CLEVELAND, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Within3, the market leader of private online community programs for life science and healthcare institutions, announced today its certification in Safe Harbor principles. This official acknowledgement from the U.S. Department of Commerce ensures privacy protection when transferring data between the European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.).
Effective October 1998, the European Commission's Directive on Data Protection prohibited the transfer of personal data to non-EU nations who did not meet the European standard for privacy protection. While the U.S. and the EU ultimately share the same goal of privacy protection for their citizens, they assume very different approaches.
The Safe Harbor program bridges these different privacy approaches, providing a streamlined process for U.S. organizations to comply with the European Commission's Directive. Established by the U.S. Department of Commerce in consultation with the European Commission, Safe Harbor certification assures European consumers that those certified adhere to all EU privacy laws.
"As part of our international strategy and commitment to our customers' data privacy protection and regulatory compliance, Within3 has achieved U.S.-EU Safe Harbor certification. This certification underscores our commitment to our customers, assuring them that their privacy and security is our highest priority. Because our business is global, it is important that our clients be assured of our full compliance and continued focus with both the U.S. and EU data privacy guidelines," stated Anthony Broad-Crawford, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Product, Within3.
Within3 leverages the latest social technologies and strategies to build private, global online community programs for Advisory Boards, Clinical Trials, Medical Science Liaisons, Key Opinion Leaders, Speaker Bureaus and Medical Associations. Within3 enables pharmaceutical companies, life sciences organizations and medical associations to engage, collaborate and share information with each other on a 24/7 basis.
Within3 builds private, regulatory-compliant online community programs for pharmaceutical companies, medical associations and other life sciences institutions. Developed exclusively for healthcare professionals and based on extensive behavioral research, Within3 community programs provide a meaningful experience for participants, encouraging engagement, collaboration and deeper clinical insights. Community features are continuously enhanced, incorporating state-of-the-art technology advances. All are launched by a team of implementation experts and sustained by community managers. As an always-accessible, global communications channel, online community programs foster robust clinical discussions while providing operational efficiencies and scalability.
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