Lydia Parnes

Lydia Parnes

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Uncertainty Increases Around EU-U.S. Data Flows

Two recent developments have significantly increased the already uncertain legal landscape surrounding transatlantic data flows. Earlier today, the EU Parliament voted out a resolution calling on the European Commission (EU...more

5/31/2016 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) CJEU EU EU-US Privacy Shield European Commission International Data Transfers Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner

New EU Data Protection Regulation Is Now Enacted

On April 14, 2016, the European Parliament formally adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With this vote, the new EU data protection legal framework will become legally effective in two years and 20 days from...more

4/15/2016 - EU EU Data Protection Laws General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) International Data Transfers

Article 29 Working Party Calls for Improvements to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On April 13, 2016, the body of European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs)—the "Article 29 Working Party" (WP29)—issued its opinion on the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.1 The WP29 acknowledged that progress has been made with...more

4/14/2016 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) Binding Corporate Rules Corporate Counsel EU EU-US Privacy Shield International Data Transfers Model Contracts U.S. Commerce Department

FTC Settles with Manufacturer of Home Network Routers over Alleged Data Security Flaws

On February 23, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with computer hardware maker ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. (ASUS).1 The ASUS settlement highlights the FTC’s position regarding security in the...more

2/26/2016 - Cloud Computing Enforcement Actions FTC Security and Privacy Controls

The WSGR Data Advisor - February 2016

With a new year come exciting new developments in the world of privacy and data protection. We are thrilled to announce the launch of the digital version of The WSGR Data Advisor. Please visit our site for the latest news and...more

2/9/2016 - Cybersecurity Deferred Prosecution Agreements EU EU-US Privacy Shield FCC Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) GLBA Privacy HIPAA International Data Transfers Open Internet Rules

EU Data Protection Authorities Issue Statement Following Agreement on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On February 3, 2016, the body of European data protection regulators—called the "Article 29 Working Party" (WP29)—issued a statement following the announcement of a political agreement regarding a new transatlantic data...more

2/4/2016 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) Binding Corporate Rules EU EU-US Privacy Shield International Data Transfers Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

EU and U.S. Reach a Political Agreement on Transatlantic Data Transfer Deal

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission (EU Commission) announced that a political agreement on a new legal framework for data transfers has been reached between the European Union (EU) and the U.S.1 Today's agreement...more

2/3/2016 - Binding Corporate Rules EU EU-US Privacy Shield International Data Transfers US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

Political Agreement Reached for New EU Data Protection Regulation—Official Adoption Around the Corner

On December 15, 2015, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (Council) reached a political agreement on the future EU data protection legal framework. This is a significant step towards adoption of the...more

12/16/2015 - Cybersecurity Framework Data Protection EU Personal Data US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

The WSGR Data Advisor - November 2015

The last two months certainly have been eventful in the world of privacy. In this issue of The WSGR Data Advisor, we examine the Court of Justice of the European Union’s recent and highly significant Schrems decision that...more

11/20/2015 - Comcast Cybersecurity EU EU Data Protection Laws FTC HIPAA Audits PCI-DSS Standard Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner SEC Security and Privacy Controls Technical Conference US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

EU Data Protection Authorities Issue Statement Following Schrems Decision

On October 16, 2015, the body of European data protection regulators (Article 29 Working Party or WP29) issued a statement on the implementation of the judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in...more

10/19/2015 - Article 29 Working Group Binding Corporate Rules Data Protection Authority EU EU Data Protection Laws European Commission European Court of Justice (ECJ) International Data Transfers Model Contracts Popular Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

EU's Highest Court Declares Safe Harbor Invalid

Today, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the EU's highest court, issued a groundbreaking decision that invalidates the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor program. Given the widespread reliance on the Safe Harbor framework...more

10/6/2015 - Data Protection Authority EU EU Data Protection Laws European Commission European Court of Justice (ECJ) Facebook International Data Transfers NSA Surveillance US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

Advocate General Advises EU's Highest Court to Deem Safe Harbor Invalid and to Allow EU Data Protection Authorities to Suspend...

Today, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU, the EU's highest court) issued a far-reaching opinion1 that has significant implications for the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor program and data transfers...more

9/24/2015 - Data Protection Authority EU European Court of Justice (ECJ) International Data Transfers NSA Safe Harbors US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

The WSGR Data Advisor - September 2015

In this issue of The WSGR Data Advisor, we examine the FCC’s recent TCPA declaratory ruling and order addressing issues regarding calling and texting consumers, and discuss the new privacy, data security, and transparency...more

9/11/2015 - Auto-Dialed Calls Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Declaratory Rulings Drones Electronic Medical Records EU FCC FTC HHS New Legislation Online Privacy Protection Act Security and Privacy Controls TCPA Technical Standards Text Messages

Game Over: Popular Multi-Channel Network Settles FTC Complaint for Paid Endorsement Videos

September 8, 2015 On September 2, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its first settlement with an online video marketer over an alleged failure to disclose paid endorsements. The FTC settled with Machinima,...more

9/9/2015 - Advertising Disclosure Requirements Endorsements FTC FTC Endorsement Guidelines Marketing Microsoft Settlement

Federal Trade Commission Announces First "Start with Security" Events

On June 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the first two events of its new "Start with Security" business education initiative to provide additional guidance on data security best practices. The first...more

7/13/2015 - Best Practices Cybersecurity Data Protection FTC Technical Conference

EU Reaches Milestone Towards the Adoption of Revised Data Protection Framework

On June 15, 2015, the Ministers of Justice of all 28 European Union member states, sitting as the Council of the EU (Council), reached a crucial agreement for the future EU data protection legal framework. Much work still...more

6/16/2015 - Corporate Counsel Data Protection EU EU Council of Ministers EU Data Protection Laws Pending Legislation

French Data Protection Authority Unveils Its Inspection Program for 2015

On May 25, 2015, the French data protection authority (CNIL) published its annual inspection program for 2015, unveiling its objectives and priorities for the year. This alert highlights the main priorities of the CNIL for...more

5/29/2015 - BCRs CNIL Data Collection Data Protection EU France Mobile Payments Popular Privacy Laws Technology Wifi

Federal Trade Commission Targets Organizations with Expired U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Certifications

Organizations in the United States that certify to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework to transfer and receive personal data about residents of the European Union must annually reaffirm to the U.S. Department of Commerce that...more

5/28/2015 - Compliance Data Security EU FTC Personal Data Privacy Laws Safe Harbors

Mobile Privacy Rules to Be Enforced Starting September 1, 2015

All businesses acting in the mobile ecosystem—including app developers, analytics companies, advertising networks, app platform providers, and providers of devices and related services—should be aware that the Digital...more

5/19/2015 - Advertising Data Collection Digital Advertising Alliance Mobile Devices Mobile Privacy Online Advertisements Self-Regulatory Organizations Trade Associations

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - February 2015

In this issue: - Privacy and Data Security in Transactions: What's the Deal? - Consumer and Financial Institution Class Actions Survive Motions to Dismiss in Target Data Breach Litigation - California Amends...more

2/24/2015 - Breach Notification Rule CFPB COPPA Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Breach Plans Data Protection Financial Institutions Internet Internet of Things Mobile Apps Target

FTC Recommends Privacy and Data Security Protections for "Internet of Things"

On January 27, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a staff report, "The Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World," setting out the staff's privacy and data security recommendations...more

1/30/2015 - Data Protection FTC Internet Internet of Things Popular Privacy Policy Proposed Regulation Public Comment

Federal Trade Commission Announces Settlement with TRUSTe Over Privacy Seal Program

On November 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with True Ultimate Standards Everywhere (TRUSTe) resolving allegations that TRUSTe failed to conduct annual recertifications for its privacy seal...more

11/24/2014 - Certifications COPPA FTC Non-Profits Privacy Policy Settlement

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - October 2014

In this issue: - FTC Recommends Improved Transparency and Security in Mobile Shopping Apps - Appellate Courts to Address What Constitutes an "Automatic Telephone Dialing System" Under the TCPA -...more

10/28/2014 - Data Protection FTC Mobile Apps Mobile Payments New Regulations Privacy Laws Private Schools Public Schools Retailers Robocalling SOPIPA TCPA Transparency

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - July 2014

In this issue: - Proposed California Law Would Impose Data Breach Liability on Retailers and Create More Stringent Data Security Requirements for Businesses - FTC Continues Its Aggressive FCRA Enforcement and...more

7/30/2014 - Big Data Breach Notification Rule Data Breach Data Protection Enforcement Enforcement Actions EU EU Data Protection Laws FCC FCRA FTC v Wyndham Privacy Laws Text Messages Texting Wyndham

FTC Announces Settlements for Allegedly False Safe Harbor Compliance Claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced settlements with 12 U.S. companies over allegations that the companies falsely claimed they held current certifications for the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Privacy Framework. The...more

1/29/2014 - Compliance FTC Safe Harbors

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