IPC launches data sharing agreement

A new data sharing agreement (DSA) that meets the requirements of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) has been launched by the International Post Corporation (IPC).

Under the new DSA, postal operators will send electronic data on international postal items to the receiving postal operators before sending them. The data is used for operational tracking, customs clearance, and the provision of postal services. Under the terms of the IPC DSA the postal operators will also agree on the standards for the handling of customs data that applies to them.

The new IPC DSA updates a multilateral agreement set up in 2015 to meet the 2018 GDPR requirements. Regarding the 2015 agreement, according to the IPC, “This Data Sharing Agreement, formally titled the “Agreement for the Electronic Exchange of Customs Data” and now known as “DSA 1”, significantly contributes to improving postal services and efficiency.”

Under the GDPR, EU and EEA postal operators have to ensure that the personal data they process and share are processed securely. IPC state, “This new Data Sharing Agreement, formally titled the “Agreement for the Electronic Exchange of Postal Service Data” and now known as “DSA 2”, is in force and active since 05 October 2018, alongside DSA 1.”

Currently DSA 2 has 11 signatory postal operators, and DSA 1, 54. The IPC DSAs are open to all postal operators worldwide.

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