Safe Harbor Program
Volt Information Sciences, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide (collectively "Volt") make reasonable efforts to protect personal data relating to its customers, suppliers, candidates, employees, contractors, temporary workers and third parties. Volt's privacy programs are controlled by a number of policies and procedures. For personal data associated with individuals located in European Economic Area (EEA) countries (note 1) ("EEA data subjects"), Volt abides by a self-regulatory program in compliance with the privacy requirements of the Safe Harbor Program promulgated by the U.S. Department of Commerce in consultation with the European Commission and approved by the EU in July of 2000. (note 2; see http://www.export.gov/safeharbor).
Volt gathers, processes, and stores personal data for the following purposes: developing and administering compensation, benefits, and other human resources programs, including education and training programs and other employment related obligations; monitoring and evaluating the conduct and performance of employees and other candidates, contractors and temporary workers (where relevant); collecting, storing, maintaining and processing, customer, supplier, candidate, contractor, temporary worker and third party data (including data relating to persons potentially and prospectively within the foregoing categories); provision of services to third parties such as project management, consulting, recruitment, program management, reporting and procurement; legal requirements and obligations, including but not limited to statutory regulations and contractual requirements and obligations; auditing requirements associated with regulatory, accounting and financial purposes; advertising, marketing, public relations and other business communications and transactions by electronic or other form.
Volt may elect to transfer selected information to a third party acting as a Volt agent for specific business requirements (such as the need to obtain third party consulting, tax advising, accounting, auditing and legal services). Use of third parties will be limited to those meeting the levels of protection required by the provisions of the Safe Harbor Program.
In the event Volt intends to use, process, transfer or store personal data (including information of a sensitive nature such as creed, ethnicity or medical conditions) about EEA data subjects for reasons that are inconsistent with the preceding provisions, affected data subjects will be given the opportunity to opt-out of that use, processing, transfer or storage.
Volt takes its privacy concerns seriously. Individuals with questions, complaints or concerns about this privacy statement including issues associated with Safe Harbor provisions should contact their appropriate Human Resources Department. Individuals who do not have access to resources internal to Volt should contact the company via the "Contact Us" page on the company's website: www.volt.com.
Note 1. As of November 1, 2007, the European Economic Area consists of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Note 2. The European Commission's Directive on Data Protection went into effect in October,1998, and would prohibit the transfer of personal data to non-EEA nations that do not meet the European "adequacy" standard for privacy protection. While the United States and the European Union share the goal of enhancing privacy protection for their citizens, the United States takes a different approach to privacy from that taken by the European Union. The United States uses a sectoral approach that relies on a mix of legislation, regulation, and self regulation. The European Union, however, relies on comprehensive legislation that, for example, requires creation of government data protection agencies, registration of databases with those agencies, and in some instances prior approval before personal data processing may begin.
In order to bridge these different privacy approaches and provide a streamlined means for U.S. organizations to comply with the Directive, the U.S. Department of Commerce in consultation with the European Commission developed a "Safe Harbor" framework. The Safe Harbor - approved by the EU in July of 2000 - is an important way for U.S. companies to avoid experiencing interruptions in their business dealings with the EU or facing prosecution by European authorities under European privacy laws. Certifying to the Safe Harbor will assure that EU organizations know that an company provides "adequate" privacy protection, as defined by the Directive.
For more information about the Safe Harbor Program, please go to http://www.export.gov/safeharbor.