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Dallas, Texas – (The Hosting News) – March 9, 2009 – SoftLayer Technologies has attained self-certified compliance with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S.-European Union (EU) Safe Harbor framework. 
Suzy Fulton, General Counsel at SoftLayer noted, ”SoftLayer is very excited to be part of the Safe Harbor. Approximately half of our customer base is international. The importance of meeting our international customers’ needs continues to grow as our market becomes even more global. Safe Harbor self-certification provides them yet another level of assurance and reliability.” 

The European Commission’s Directive on Data Protection, established in 1998, prohibits the transfer of personal data to nations that do not meet the EU’s ”adequacy” standard for privacy protection. In consultation with the Commission, the U.S. Commerce department created the Safe Harbor framework to help U.S.-based companies verify and represent that they meet the EU standard. Self-certification and participation in the Safe Harbor framework is entirely voluntary. 
Benefits of Safe Harbor include:

All 27 EU Member States are bound by the European Commission’s finding of adequacy
Claims brought by European citizens against U.S. companies are heard in the U.S. (subject to limited exceptions)
Member State requirements for prior approval of data transfers either are waived or approval is automatically granted
Companies participating in the Safe Harbor are deemed adequate and data flows to those companies will continue

Headquartered in Plano, Texas, SoftLayer delivers world-class, on-demand virtual data center services on a global basis from facilities located in Dallas, TX; Seattle, WA; and Washington, DC. SoftLayer integrates all facets of IT to innovate industry-leading solutions that are fully automated. This empowers customers with complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management for their IT environment.

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