Last Published: 7/19/2016

Eligibility Requirements
 
U.S. organizations subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or the Department of Transportation (DOT) may participate in the Privacy Shield.  Generally, the FTC’s jurisdiction covers acts or practices by any "person, partnership, or corporation."  The FTC does not have jurisdiction over most depository institutions (banks, federal credit unions, and savings & loan institutions), telecommunications and interstate transportation common carrier activities, labor associations, most non-profit organizations, and most packer and stockyard activities.  In addition, the FTC’s jurisdiction with regard to insurance activities is limited to certain circumstances and the FTC shares jurisdiction over airline ticket agents with the DOT.  The DOT has exclusive jurisdiction over U.S. and foreign air carriers.  If you are uncertain as to whether your U.S.-based organization falls under the jurisdiction of either the FTC or DOT, then please be sure to contact the Privacy Shield Team at the Department of Commerce for more information.