Privacy Shield Policy

This Privacy Shield Policy (the “Policy”) details the practices Stroz Friedberg, LLC and its U.S. subsidiaries (collectively, “Stroz Friedberg”) have established in order to maintain an adequate level of Personal Data (as defined below) privacy protection to comply the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework established by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of Personal Data of European Data Subjects transferred from the European Union (the “EU”) to the United States. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and to view our certification page, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov.

Stroz Friedberg has certified that it adheres to the Privacy Shield Privacy Principles of notice, choice, accountability for onward transfer, security, data integrity and purpose limitation, access, recourse, enforcement and liability. If there is any conflict between the policies in this Policy and the Privacy Shield Privacy Principles, the Privacy Shield Privacy Principles shall govern.

Stroz Friedberg also complies with the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from Switzerland. Stroz Friedberg has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. If there is any conflict between the policies in this Policy and the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles shall govern. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view our certification page, please visit http://2016.export.gov/safeharbor/swiss/index.asp .

I. Scope

The practices set forth in this Policy apply to the processing of Personal Data of European Data Subjects that Stroz Friedberg receives from within the EU, and where noted, the processing of Personal Data of Swiss Data Subjects that Stroz Friedberg receives from within Switzerland. The practices set forth in this Policy do not cover data from which individual persons cannot be identified or situations in which pseudonyms are used. (The use of pseudonyms involves the replacement of names or other identifiers with substitutes so that identification of individual persons is not possible.)

II. Responsibilities and Management

All Stroz Friedberg employees who handle Personal Data of European and Swiss Data Subjects received from within the EU or Switzerland are required to comply with this Policy.  Stroz Friedberg personnel will receive training, as applicable, to effectively implement this Policy.

Stroz Friedberg has designated the Office of General Counsel to oversee its compliance with this Policy and also with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework more broadly. In furtherance of that responsibility, the Office of General Counsel will review and approve any material changes to this Policy as necessary or appropriate. Any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this Policy may also be directed to webprivacy@strozfriedberg.com.

III. Collection and Use of Personal Data

Personal Data of European or Swiss Data Subjects may be collected from within the EU or Switzerland by Stroz Friedberg’s individual and corporate clients and/or their legal counsel, or by Stroz Friedberg on their behalf, in connection with any of the following services: data recovery, electronic discovery, digital forensics, penetration testing, security science, incident response, insider threat detection, due diligence and strategic research and/or related specialty consulting services.

Personal Data of European or Swiss Data Subjects may also be collected by Stroz Friedberg from within the EU or Switzerland when such persons register with our website, log in to an electronic discovery or due diligence and strategic research account, requests information, applies for employment via our website or otherwise communicates with us. The Personal Data that Stroz Friedberg collects in these situations varies based on the individual’s interaction with our website. For more information regarding the data collected via our website, please view our Privacy Policy.

With the exception of Sensitive Personal Data, which is addressed below, Personal Data collected from European and Swiss Data Subjects that Stroz Friedberg receives from within those jurisdictions may be used to:

  • provide products and services to individual and corporate clients and comply with its contractual obligations related thereto;
  • send promotional materials, newsletters and other communications;
  • create and manage individuals’ accounts;
  • communicate about, and administer participation in special events, programs, updates and new service offerings;
  • respond to inquiries;
  • perform data analyses;
  • operate, evaluate and improve our business;
  • protect against, identify and prevent fraud, copyright infringement and other criminal activity; and
  • comply with and enforce applicable legal requirements, relevant industry standards and Stroz Friedberg’s policies.

If Stroz Friedberg receives Sensitive Personal Data of European or Swiss Data Subjects from within the EU or Switzerland, we will not use that information for any purpose other than that for which the information originally was collected or we otherwise have authorization, unless the Data Subject provides prior, explicit consent.

As noted above, Stroz Friedberg may receive Personal Data of European or Swiss Data Subjects from within the EU or Switzerland in our role as a service provider to individual and corporate clients and/or their legal counsel.  In such cases, we are acting as a data processor and will process the personal information on behalf of and under the direction of our customer.

IV. Disclosures / Onward Transfers of Personal Data

Except as otherwise provided herein, Stroz Friedberg discloses Personal Data of European and Swiss Data Subjects received from within the EU or Switzerland only to third parties who reasonably need to know such data only in connection with the purpose for which it was received, and not for other purposes. Such recipients must agree to abide by confidentiality obligations.

Stroz Friedberg may provide Personal Data of European and Swiss Data Subjects received from within the EU or Switzerland to our affiliates, consultants, vendors and service providers who assist us in providing services and support related to our business operations and customer engagements. For example, Stroz Friedberg may store such Personal Data in the facilities operated by third parties. Such third parties must agree to use such Personal Data only for the purposes for which they have been engaged by Stroz Friedberg and they must either:

  • comply with the Privacy Shield Privacy Principles or another mechanism permitted by the applicable EU & Swiss data protection law(s) for transfers and processing of Personal Data; or
  • agree to provide adequate protections for the Personal Data that are no less protective than those set out in this Policy.

In each such instance, Stroz Friedberg remains responsible and liable under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework if third-party agents that it engages to process the personal data on its behalf do so in a manner inconsistent with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, unless Stroz Friedberg proves that it is not responsible for the event giving rise to the damage.

Stroz Friedberg also may disclose Personal Data for other purposes or to other third parties when a Data Subject has consented to or requested such disclosure. Please be aware that Stroz Friedberg may be required to disclose an individual’s personal information in response to a lawful request by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.

V. Data Integrity and Security

Stroz Friedberg uses reasonable efforts to maintain the accuracy and integrity of Personal Data of European and Swiss Data Subjects received from within the EU or Switzerland and to update it as appropriate. As part of those efforts, Stroz Friedberg has implemented physical and technical safeguards to protect such Personal Data from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alternation, or destruction. For example, electronically stored Personal Data of European and Swiss Data Subjects received from within the EU or Switzerland is stored on a secure network with firewall protection, and access to Stroz Friedberg’s electronic information systems requires user authentication via password or similar means. Stroz Friedberg also employs access restrictions, limiting the scope of employees who have access to such Personal Data.

Further, Stroz Friedberg uses secure encryption technology to protect certain categories of Personal Data of European Data Subjects received from within the EU.  Stroz Friedberg will maintain, monitor, test, and upgrade information security policies, practices, and systems as it believes is necessary to assist in protecting Personal Data of European and Swiss Data Subjects.

VI. Right to Access, Change or Delete Personal Data

Right to Access. European and Swiss Data Subjects whose Personal Data is received by Stroz Friedberg from within the EU or Switzerland have the right to know what Personal Data about them is included in databases maintained by or on behalf of Stroz Friedberg, and to ensure that such Personal Data is accurate and relevant for the purposes for which Stroz Friedberg collected it. Such individuals may review their own Personal Data stored in said databases and correct, erase, or block any data that is incorrect, as permitted by applicable law and Stroz Friedberg policies. Upon reasonable request and as required by the Privacy Shield Privacy Principles and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework, Stroz Friedberg allows European and Swiss Data Subjects whose Personal Data was received by Stroz Friedberg from within the EU or Switzerland to access to their Personal Data, in order to correct or amend such data where inaccurate. In making modifications to such Personal Data, Data Subjects must provide only truthful, complete, and accurate information. To request erasure of Personal Data of European Data Subjects whose Personal Data was received by Stroz Friedberg from within the EU, please submit a written request to webprivacy@strozfriedberg.com.

Requests for Personal Data. Stroz Friedberg will track each of the following and will provide notice to the appropriate parties under law and contract when either of the following circumstances arise: (a) legally binding request for disclosure of the Personal Data of European or Swiss Data Subjects received from within the EU or Switzerland by a law enforcement authority unless prohibited by law or regulation; or (b) requests received from a Data Subject. If Stroz Friedberg receives a request for access to his/her Personal Data from an individual or corporate client of Stroz Friedberg and/or their legal counsel, then, unless otherwise required under law or by contract with such client, Stroz Friedberg will refer such Data Subject to said individual or corporate client and/or their legal counsel.

Satisfying Requests for Access, Modifications, and Corrections. Stroz Friedberg will endeavor to respond in a timely manner to all reasonable written requests to view, modify, or inactivate Personal Data of European and Swiss Data Subjects received from within the EU or Switzerland.

VII. Enforcement and Dispute Resolution

In compliance with the Privacy Shield Privacy Principles as well as the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework, Stroz Friedberg commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information. Persons with questions or concerns about the use of their Personal Data should first contact us at: webprivacy@strozfriedberg.com.

If a European Data Subject’s question or concern cannot be satisfied through this process Stroz Friedberg has chosen to cooperate with EU data protection authorities (“DPAs”) and comply with the information and advice provided to it by an informal panel of DPAs (“DPA Panel”) in relation to such unresolved complaints. If you have a comment or concern that cannot be resolved with us directly, you may contact your local DPA in order to have a complaint referred to the DPA Panel.

If a Swiss Data Subject’s question or concern cannot be satisfied through this process, they may refer a privacy issue to the Swiss Federal Data protection and Information Commissioner to serve as an independent recourse mechanism for dispute resolution.

Finally, as a last resort and in limited situations, EU individuals may seek redress from the Privacy Shield Panel, a binding arbitration mechanism.

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has jurisdiction over Stroz Friedberg’s compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as well as the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework.

VIII. Renewal / Verification

Stroz Friedberg will renew its EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor certification annually, unless it subsequently determines that it no longer needs such certifications or if it employs a different adequacy mechanism.

Prior to the re-certification, Stroz Friedberg will conduct an in-house verification to ensure that its attestations and assertions with regard to its treatment of Personal Data of European and Swiss Data Subjects received from within the EU or Switzerland are accurate and that the company has appropriately implemented these practices. Specifically, as part of the verification process, Stroz Friedberg will undertake the following:

  • Review this Privacy Shield Policy and its publicly posted website Privacy Policy to ensure that these policies accurately describe the practices regarding the collection of Personal Data of European and Swiss Data Subjects;
  • Ensure that the publicly posted privacy policy informs individuals who reside in the EU and Switzerland of Stroz Friedberg’s participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework, and where to obtain additional information;
  • Ensure that this Policy continues to comply with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework;
  • Confirm that individuals who reside within the EU and Switzerland are made aware of the process for addressing complaints and any independent dispute resolution process (Stroz Friedberg may do so through its publicly posted website, client contract, or both); and
  • Review its processes and procedures for training Employees about Stroz Friedberg’s participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework, and the appropriate handling of Personal Data of European and Swiss Data Subjects received from within the EU or Switzerland.

Stroz Friedberg will prepare an internal verification statement on an annual basis.

IX. Defined Terms

Capitalized terms in this Privacy Policy have the following meanings:

Data Subject means an identified or identifiable natural living person. An identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, by reference to a name, or to one or more factors unique to his or her personal physical, psychological, mental, economic, cultural or social characteristics.

European Data Subject means a Data Subject who resides in the European Union.

Swiss Data Subject means a Data Subject who resides in Switzerland.

Personal Data as defined under the European Union Directive 95/46/EC means data that personally identifies or may be used to personally identify a person, including an individual’s name in combination with country of birth, marital status, emergency contact, salary information, terms of employment, job qualifications (such as educational degrees earned), address, phone number, e-mail address, user ID, password, and identification numbers. Personal Data does not include data that is de-identified, anonymous, or publicly available.

Sensitive Personal Data means Personal Data that discloses a Data Subject’s medical or health condition, race or ethnicity, political, religious or philosophical affiliations or opinions, sexual orientation or trade union membership.