A little more than 20 months after the EuroPriSe privacy certification seal changed hands on January 1, 2014, the new operation has awarded its first Website Certification Seal to the Website of Versorgungsanstalt des Bundes und der Länder (Germany's Pension Institution of the Federal Republic and the Länder), known as VBL. Previously, seals were only awarded to IT-based services for confirmation that data processing and collection met European data protection law.
This type of certification does not look at access-restricted portions of a website or web-based commerce services, however.
According to a press release, EuroPriSe will further develop its process based on this trial run, looking to reduce cost and the length of the process with an eye toward developing tools to make the certification at least somewhat automated. They will present the next iteration at an upcoming EuroPriSe Expert Enhancement Workshop in Berlin, Germany, on November 6.
EuroPriSe now maintains a record on its site explaining the process that VBL went through and what the certification means. The certification remains valid for two years, though EuroPriSe indicates it will monitor the website in April and December of 2016.
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