First Advisor

Plantz-Masters, Shari

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Karamouzis, Stamos


Archer, Donald


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Database Technologies


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

53 pages


This study assessed the efficacy of the United States Safe Harbor Framework by approximating the size of a population of large United States organizations (50,000 - 500,000 employees) that were eligible to participate in the Safe Harbor that did not participate. The Safe Harbor Framework, administered by the United States Department of Commerce, is a voluntary program that assists United States organizations in complying with the European Union Data Privacy Directive. Out of a population of 337 large organizations, 168 were potentially eligible to participate in the Safe Harbor Framework. One hundred and ten, or 66%, of these organizations did not participate. The lowest rate of participation regionally was among organizations located in the South, with 82.69% of all organizations in this region not participating; and among organizations in the Accommodations and Food Services industry sector where 90% of organizations did not participate in the Safe Harbor Framework.

Date of Award

Fall 2010

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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