Ancestry EU Safe Harbor - Privacy Shield Update

For our customers in Europe, we are adhering to the requirements set forth in the EU’s Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC on the onward transfer of personal information from Europe. One of the mechanisms for onward transfer, the Safe Harbor framework between the EU and the United States was invalidated by the European Court of Justice on October 6, 2015.

Recently, the EU Commission has adopted The EU-US Privacy Shield framework for transatlantic data flows. We are presently reviewing the new framework. In the interim, we continue to rely on another EU authorized mechanism to transfer data outside of the EEA, the Standard Contract Clauses, which include contractual commitments by Ancestry European entities and our US affiliates, along with other processors outside the EEA, when processing European personal information on our behalf, to uphold European data protection standards with respect to personal information of European residents in our care.

Ensuring data protection and security for our members’ personal information is important to us.