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More GDPR Questions Answered: New Guidelines on DPIAs

Although considered burdensome by some, data protection impact assessments (DPIAs) help controllers assess any data protection implications of their processing operations, with the added benefit of demonstrating compliance...more

‘Once in a Generation’ Legislative Changes: the ICO’s Strategy for GDPR Challenges

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has recently given some valuable insights into the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) strategy. Addressing the House of Lords EU...more

Man vs. Machine: the ICO Provides Guidance On Use of Big Data

As the European data protection framework evolves, big data remains a hot topic. Often, what makes up these large data sets is personal data, so it has clear data protection implications. The Information Commissioner’s...more

Coalition of Human Rights Organisations Call for Suspension of Privacy Shield

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield has come under scrutiny once again after 17 civil society organisations (the Coalition) sent a letter to the European Commissioner for Justice and Consumers. The 28 February 2017 letter...more

EU Data Protection Authorities Approve Google’s Cloud Commitments for International Data Transfers

Google has announced that the EU data protection authorities have reviewed and confirmed its Google Cloud services’ contractual commitments as fully compliant with the EU requirements for transferring personal data to third...more

NIS Directive to be Implemented in UK Despite Brexit

In January, the UK government confirmed that it will be implementing the EU’s Network and Information Security Directive (NIS Directive) regardless of Brexit. EU countries have until 9 May 2018 to implement the Directive into...more

UK Reaffirms Commitment to GDPR while ICO Increases its International Focus

At the beginning of February, the Minister of State responsible for digital and culture policy, Matt Hancock, reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to implementing legislation mirroring the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR),...more

Trump Executive Order Spooks Privacy Shield Adherents and Privacy Community

Data protection and privacy officials and interest groups across the globe produced a flurry of activity on social media this week. Countless tweets, blogs and articles have responded to President Trump’s executive order...more

Article 29 Working Party Adopts its 2017 Action Plan

In early January, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) adopted its 2017 Action Plan (Action Plan) on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Amongst the actions proposed, the Action Plan...more

Building the EU Data Economy: Time for an Upgrade?

The EU Commission recently launched a Public consultation on Building the European data economy. The objective behind the consultation is to feed into the Commission’s future policy agenda on the European data economy in...more

Switzerland and the United States Agree Privacy Shield Framework

The governments of Switzerland and the United States finalised the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework on 11 January. The Framework is similar in many respects to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, and replaces the U.S.-Swiss Safe...more

EU Commission Publishes Its Proposals for New e-Privacy Regulation

On 10 January, the EU Commission proposed a new Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (“proposed Regulation”) to replace Directive 2002/58 (known as the “ePrivacy Directive”). The proposed Regulation...more

Article 29 Working Party Issues Guidance on Data Portability, DPOs and Lead Supervisory Authorities

As we enter 2017, 2018 doesn’t seem that far away…and with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to come into effect from 25 May 2018, organisations are running out of time to ensure compliance with the new...more

EU-US Privacy Shield challenged in the European Court of Justice

Just four months after its adoption by the European Commission, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield is facing its first formal legal challenge. The challenge comes from the Irish advocacy group Digital Rights Ireland, who is...more

Implementing the GDPR: What You Need to Know

Data protection procedures will require an overhaul for any company that offers goods and services, or tracks individuals, in the EU under the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to take effect from 25 May...more

Data Protection Authorities Gather for the 38th International Privacy Conference

Data Protection Authorities (“DPAs”) from across the world gathered in Marrakesh for the 38th International Privacy Conference. This event is held annually for the purpose of debating topical data protection issues. The...more

Article 29 Working Party Issues Results of GDPR Fablab Workshop

Ahead of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Article 29 Working Party earlier this year organised the Fablab workshop. Meeting in Brussels, more than 90 participants gathered to discuss certain...more

In the Wake of Schrems: EU White List of Adequate Nations and Standard Contractual Clauses Under Review

Early last month, the European Commission tabled proposed amendments to its existing decisions on the adequacy of third countries’ data protection laws, and to its decisions on the EU standard contractual clauses....more

UK Government Confirms GDPR Will Be a Reality For Post-Brexit Britain, Hints That Future UK Law Could Drop Some “Burdensome” EU...

In her evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on 24 October, Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (“DCMS”) Karen Bradley MP called out the EU General Data Protection Regulation...more

CJEU says dynamic IP addresses can constitute personal data

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) has ruled that dynamic IP addresses can constitute personal data. Dynamic IP addresses, registered by a website provider when an individual accesses its website, shall...more

In the age of Big Data, the EDPS issues an Opinion on enforcement and upholding fundamental rights

The European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) issued an Opinion on coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of big data”. This is an update to the EDPS’ Preliminary Opinion in 2014 on “Privacy and...more

Does Brexit mean Brexit for data protection in the UK?

Three months on from the landmark Brexit vote 23 June, the Information Commissioner’s Office is setting out its position regarding data protection laws in a post-Brexit UK. Elizabeth Denham, the new Information Commissioner,...more

The Effect of Brexit on Cyber Security: A National Response to an International Threat?

As the risk of cyber attacks respects no borders, a cohesive and harmonised EU-level approach to cyber security is appropriate. It is therefore understandable that UK organisations have questions following the recent...more

ICO Reminds Organisations of EU-U.S. Personal Data Transfer Obligations

The Interim Deputy Commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), Steve Wood, has published a blog reminding organisations of their obligations when transferring personal data to the United States, pursuant to...more

ICO Responds to the ePrivacy Directive Consultation

In April, we reported that the European Commission had opened a public consultation seeking the views of various stakeholders on the current wording of, and possible changes to, the Privacy and Electronic Communications...more

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