By Harvey Jang, Chief Privacy Officer & Counsel, Cisco
Cisco is now certified under the new Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) System. Cisco has been an active supporter of the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules system (CBPRs) and an advocate for safe and secure global data flows. We are an early adopter and the eighth company to be PRP certified.
The APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) and PRP systems are voluntary, enforceable (and independently verified) privacy certifications built upon the 9 Principles of the APEC Privacy Framework endorsed by the 21 APEC Member Economies (see www.cbprs.org). The CBPRs focus on controls and accountability for data controllers, while the PRP is targeted for data processors. PRP certification demonstrates a data processor’s ability to honor the obligations passed down from data controllers when handling data on another’s behalf. Cisco has chosen to certify under both CBPRs and PRP as part of our overall efforts to demonstrate compliance and accountability to globally recognized privacy standards. We are among just a handful of companies to have obtained APEC CBPRs, APEC PRP, EU/Swiss-US Privacy Shield, and EU Binding Corporate Rules certifications.
We’re seeing a clear trend towards people (data subjects) taking their privacy more seriously and companies (data controllers and processors) being called upon to honor privacy as a fundamental human right. PRP fits within the broader picture of emerging data privacy and security standards and is consistent with the current trend of stakeholders seeking external, independent program validation. PRP and all our privacy certifications underscore Cisco’s ongoing commitment to demonstrable transparency, fairness, and accountability when it comes to handling the personal data of our employees, customers, and all others.
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