Deutsche Post DHL’s dedication to global data protection is a success

Bonn/Berlin, 02/03/2011, 10:00 AM CET

Walter Scheurle und Peter Schaar

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Walter Scheurle und Peter Schaar with the letter of approval.

The “Deutsche Post DHL Privacy Policy”, drafted by the company, has been approved by Germany’s Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information. The approval allows Deutsche Post DHL to transmit personal data internationally in accordance with its privacy policy without having to seek approval on an individual basis.

The approval, granted after an exhaustive consultation procedure, makes Deutsche Post DHL the first German company to have their Binding Corporate Rules for data protection recognized by European Union officials.

Peter Schaar, Germany’s Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, granted the letter of approval to Deutsche Post DHL board member Walter Scheurle yesterday in Berlin.

Deutsche Post DHL is a global company with approximately 500,000 employees operating in 220 countries and territories. As such, these operations also include the transnational exchange of customer and employee data. When transferring personal data to non-EU or non-EEA countries around the globe, the German Federal Data Protection Act requires proof of adequate levels of data protection.

According to Section 4, Paragraph 2 of the country’s Federal Data Protection Act, the responsible regulatory agency can approve the transfer of data based on binding corporate rules. Deutsche Post DHL’s privacy policy includes the necessary safeguards for protecting personal data and the rights of those affected, and has demonstrated that these safeguards can be enforced.