Privacy Shield Membership Swells To More Than 700 Cos.

By Alex Lawson (September 29, 2016, 5:20 PM EDT) -- More than 700 companies, including tech stalwarts like Google and Dropbox, have committed to the overseas transfer of personal data under the landmark U.S.-European Union Privacy Shield mechanism, a senior U.S. Department of Commerce official said Wednesday.

The search engine behemoth and the file sharing company formally registered their Privacy Shield certifications last week, becoming the latest additions to a massive roster of companies taking advantage of the transatlantic pact since its launch nine weeks ago, according to Deputy Commerce Secretary Bruce Andrews.

"This vital legal framework will keep data flowing between companies across the Atlantic while protecting the privacy rights...

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