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French CNIL Releases GDPR Compliance Toolkit

On March 15, 2017, the French data protection authority (CNIL) released its six step- GDPR compliance program together with GDPR-tailored templates for use by companies, the “GDPR Toolkit.” The GDPR Toolkit is helpful for...more

ICO Seeks Extra Resources for GDPR Enforcement

On March 13, 2017, Elizabeth Denham, head of the UK data protection authority (“ICO”) publicly expressed her intention to massively recruit new personnel in an effort to be ready for the European (“EU”) general data...more

CNIL Launches Second Round of Public Consultation on GDPR

Last week, the French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL”) launched the second round of a public consultation on the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The first public consultation was launched in June 2016 and...more

Spanish Ministry of Justice Launches Public Consultation on GDPR

On February 7, 2017, the Spanish Ministry of Justice launched a public consultation as a preliminary step before the drafting of a new bill implementing the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The press release...more

Spanish DPA Issues GDPR Guidelines

On January 26, 2017, the Spanish data protection authority (“AEPD”) published three guidance papers on the implementation of the general data protection regulation (“GDPR”). Although the guidance is primarily directed at...more

WP29’s Guidance on the Lead Supervisory Authority

Late last week, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) issued detailed guidance on companies’ obligations under three key provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is part three of a three-part Alston...more

France Adopts New Regime for Privacy Class Actions

A few weeks ago, France passed the Digital Republic Act which significantly enhances French citizens’ rights to privacy by offering new avenues to exercise rights and granting new powers to the French data protection...more

The French Digital Republic Act: the New Powers of the French Data Protection Authority and Enhanced Rights of Individuals

On October 7, the French Digital Republic Act (the “Act”) was adopted following a widely-publicized consultation process. The Act amends the French Data Protection Act, and also modifies French law in various domains,...more

EU-US Privacy Shield – FAQs

Today, the European Commission (“EU Commission”) formally approved a new transatlantic framework for the transfer of personal data from Europe to the United States (“U.S.”) (the “Privacy Shield”). Under the EU Commission’s...more

EU Institutions Weigh In on Commission’s EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Proposal

Last week has seen two important developments in relation to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) for transfers of personal information from Europe to the United States. A draft adequacy decision and related...more

Article 29 Working Party announces its 2016 Action Plan for GDPR Preparedness

During a press conference held on February 3, 2016, the President of the Article 29 Working Party (“Working Party”) discussed the Working Party’s 2016 action plan concerning the new General Data Protection Regulation...more

Revised Safe Harbor Agreed: Introducing the New “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield”

European Commission and U.S. officials today announced reaching a “political agreement” on a new Safe Harbor framework. The new framework will be called the “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.” ...more

The EU General Data Protection Regulation – Europe Adopts Single Set of Privacy Rules

On December 15, 2015, following four years of close, sometimes contentious, review, the EU institutions agreed upon the text of the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). One of the most important EU legislative...more

EU Institutions Adopt First Pan-European Legislation on Cybersecurity

On December 7, 2015, after more than two years of legislative consideration, the European Union adopted the Directive on Network and Information Security (“NIS Directive”). Under the NIS Directive, operators of essential...more

European Commission Releases Communication on Schrems and Safe Harbor 2.0

On November 6, 2015, the European Commission released a widely-anticipatedCommunication assessing the impact of the judgment of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) in the Schrems case (C-362/14), which invalidated the...more

Article 29 Working Party Calls for Political Action

In a concise statement, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), a consortium of European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs), released a position paper today about the landmark ruling of the European Court of Justice in...more

European Court of Justice Strikes Down Safe Harbor

In a momentous judgment, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) today invalidated the European Commission’s decision establishing the E.U.-US Safe Harbor for transfers of personal data (“Safe Harbor Decision”). The ruling was...more

Safe Harbor Framework in Jeopardy After Advocate General Decision

On September 23, 2015, Advocate General Yves Bot advised the European Court of Justice that the US-EU Safe Harbor framework for the protection of trans-Atlantic transfers of personal data is invalid. The long awaited Opinion...more

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