ePrivacycert – our accredited data protection certification

With ePrivacycert GmbH we will soon be offering an officially recognised data protection seal to our customers.

The “ePrivacycert” data protection seal is currently in the process of receiving official recognition. It will be awarded by ePrivacycert GmbH, soon an accredited certification entity. It complies with the requirements of the GDPR and will therefore also have the legal effect set out in art. 42 et seqq. GDPR.

The central prerequisite for an approved certification mechanism is the initial review of the certification programme. This first step on the way to an officially recognised data protection seal is the confirmation of the conformity assessment programme, which is carried out by the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS) in Germany.

ePrivacycert GmbH has reached this important milestone on the way to becoming an officially accredited seal. We received the confirmation from the DAkkS in 2020.

As a next step, the Hamburg data protection authority, which is the competent government body in our case, will now examine the content of the programme. As soon as the results are available, we can obtain the final confirmation by the European Data Protection Board.

As soon as the ePrivacy Group has reached further milestones towards the government recognition of the “ePrivacycert” seal, we will inform you.

The Certification with the officially recognised “ePrivacycert” data protection seal

1.    Pre-Assessment (=”Ready for certification”)
The new seal requires a so-called “pre-assessment” prior to the certification process. This ensures the “certifiability” of the product or service to be examined (“ready for certification”).
The “pre-assessment” process for the “ePrivacycert seal” contains the same requirements that are currently laid down as part of the review for the certification under the existing “ePrivacyseal” data protection seal.
An applicant that has successfully passed the “ePrivacyseal” certification process, saves time by not requiring any further, time-consuming “pre-assessment” for the official “ePrivacycert” seal. For our existing customers, this means considerable cost and time advantages in obtaining the official certification. As soon as the officially recognised seal can be awarded, “ePrivacyseal” customers have the advantage of having already successfully completed the pre-assessment.

2.    Certification
After completion of the “pre-assessment”, the independent auditors of ePrivacycert check whether the data processing operations of the product or service can be certified with the new official data protection seal.

You can start the pre-assessment together with ePrivacy in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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