Instrumented Interconnecteds Intelligent
June, 8th 2015

Posted by

Post feed

RSS 2.0

Erich Clementi, IBM Senior Vice President, Europe

Erich Clementi, Chairman, Senior Vice President, IBM Europe

By Erich Clementi

At IBM we take concerns about data privacy and security very seriously. We have a long leadership history in these areas and throughout our business and client relationships have always adhered to the highest relevant standards in data protection.

We enjoy a good working relationship with data protection authorities in Europe and elsewhere. We are, for example, working with various regulatory authorities around the world to enhance interoperability between legal systems to enable cross border data flows.

When it comes to transferring personal data from EU to non-EU member states, we have used EU Model Clauses with clients since their introduction more than 10 years ago. This was the way that the EU Commission wanted tech companies to handle personal data and that’s what IBM has done consistently.

Recently, some of our competitors have asked EU data protection authorities to approve variations on the Model Clauses. This has led to confusion in the marketplace — the misconception among clients and prospects being that solely those vendors receiving variation approvals were compliant with EU regulations.

This is not the case.

At IBM, we therefore sought clarification from EU authorities regarding legal requirements and the need for approval of the standard EU Model Clauses.

The response from Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, Chair of the EU’s Article 29 Working Group and of CNIL, the French Data Protection Authority, was unequivocal. Ms. Falque-Pierrotin responded* to IBM as follows:

“Companies that have complied with their declaration obligations and which have implemented European model contractual clauses to frame their data transfers do not have to proceed with any additional notification of compliance to their authority.

“Companies that choose to change the model clauses run the risk of facing a different interpretation of their clauses by the various data protection authorities. Consequently, they have to use the procedure provided for by document WP 226 in order to ensure that such altered clauses comply with the European model clauses.”

This confirms that IBM, by using the required procedures, adheres to the highest relevant standards in data protection and requires no specific additional approvals from EU data protection authorities.

We have a strong track record of handling our clients’ data securely. Our employees who deal with sensitive data from every sector, day-in and day-out, work in a culture of stringent data stewardship. We continually strive to further build and improve a strong data privacy culture.

* Letter from Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin to IBM

Bookmark and Share

Previous post

Next post

September 11, 2016
12:47 pm

I have recently started a blog, the information you offer on this
website has helped me greatly. Thanks for all of your time & work.

Posted by:
August 27, 2016
1:47 pm

But wanna input on few general things, The website
style and design is perfect, the content material
is rattling superb :D.

Posted by:
August 2, 2016
8:15 am

Playing poker on the Internet will be very profitable however
most poker players in America are doing it for a hobby.

Posted by: Eldon
July 28, 2016
3:26 am


I am getting regular spam messages through my site. maybe someone trying to hack my site could you tell me how i can pervent my site to spammer

Posted by: GJI
June 27, 2016
4:48 am

Hope all this does not change with Brexit

Posted by: Enock Markinga
June 24, 2016
3:46 am

Great tips on client data protection.

Posted by: Brendah
June 20, 2016
11:31 am

Very informative article by Erich Clementi for us who are in the research profession where confidentiality of data is paramount.

Posted by: Samuel Kazungu
June 10, 2016
2:34 pm

boleh juga artikelnya

Posted by: dealer mobil honda semarang
June 8, 2016
12:48 am

I personally greatly appreciate this piece work. keep it up!!

Posted by: Department of Library and Information Science
May 27, 2016
9:29 am

great piece

Posted by: Machiri
April 11, 2016
10:41 am

Great transaction et le vendeur – livraison rapide! Handshoe est belle! Je vous remercie !

Posted by: Samurai swords
April 11, 2016
1:01 am

tindakan yang sangat bagus sekali

Posted by: celana hernia
April 4, 2016
5:44 am


Data is the backbone of any organization. that’s way i have already here for protect my data online


Posted by: Linda
March 7, 2016
7:59 pm

very good
mobogenie for pc

Posted by: mobogenie pc
March 7, 2016
7:57 pm

snapchat pc

Posted by: snapchat pc
March 5, 2016
9:30 am


Posted by: imo for pc
February 25, 2016
4:18 am

I have the ringing in both of my ears though seems to be a lot more on the left.

Posted by: ringing in ears and dizziness brain tumor
November 24, 2015
1:45 am


Posted by: تست جوش
November 18, 2015
5:42 am

it is important

Posted by: درب ضد سرقت
November 15, 2015
6:17 am

This site really has all thee info I wanted about this subject and didn’t know wwho to ask.

Posted by: videntes visa oferta
July 25, 2015
9:35 pm

Definitely believe that which you stated. Youur favorite justification appeared to
be on the nnet thee easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about worries
that they just don’t know about. You mamaged to hit the naikl upon the
top andd also defined out the whole thuing without having side effect
, people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get
more. Thanks

Posted by: Coral
June 19, 2015
3:18 am

organisations should invest in the security of its data inorder to build strong data privacy

Posted by: mercy nyambura
June 18, 2015
7:36 am

Important clarification. Good that you have stepped forward on it. This is an area where there should not be room for ambiguity.

Posted by: Augusto Guitard Marin
June 17, 2015
2:33 am

Well since you are the ones leading in these industry it give an automatic title of “pacesetters”, keep up the good work. Great article.

Posted by: festus
June 15, 2015
2:51 am

IBM set the data security bar high long ago . It has never looked back. All other companies are always trying to play catchup..Great work.

Posted by: Cavs
June 12, 2015
6:49 pm

All data security is important. As the world becomes more globalized, we will see a big shift between physical security, like banks and vaults, to encryption and data safeguards.

Posted by: Telematic Controls
June 11, 2015
9:41 am

Great article for safety of data. Thanks for sharing looking forward for your next precious article

Posted by: siddartha
June 10, 2015
8:22 am

IBM have always been ahead in this digital era… a good article though..

Posted by: Jomki
June 10, 2015
3:30 am

Data protection is a must in all organisations, universities, companies etc

Posted by: Dorcas Nduati
June 9, 2015
2:49 am

Great article,keep it up

Posted by: agrieconomics
June 8, 2015
8:26 am

we should adhere to the highest relevant standards in data protection

Posted by: clinical studies
June 8, 2015
8:09 am

Great article. thank you.

Posted by: Ndungu
June 8, 2015
8:00 am

Right on point

Posted by: Ndungu
June 8, 2015
7:42 am

the issue of data security should be paramount in any organization, failure to which one should be prepared for the worst.

Posted by: martin
June 8, 2015
4:38 am

Importance of data security can not be over emphasized. organisations should invest in the security of of its data because the opposite can be very costly. Great article. thank you.

Posted by: RGithinji
1 Trackback
June 12, 2015
4:59 am

[…] Article was originally posted here […]

Posted by: Protecting Client Data in Europe - The ISV Hub
Post a Comment