Robert Blamires

Robert Blamires

White & Case LLP

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Data Privacy in a Time of Reaction: "Big Data" versus "The People"

1. Data privacy concerns entwined with anti-globalization - Anti-globalization has become a serious theme in Western countries. Right-wing and left-wing political movements converge on the issue. Centrist elites...more

2/21/2017 - Big Data Cybersecurity Data Privacy Data Security Globalization International Data Transfers Popular Right to Privacy

Further Challenges to EU-US Privacy Shield and EU Data Exports

The EU-US Privacy Shield, introduced earlier this year to provide a lawful means of transferring personal data from the EU to the US, is facing a second legal challenge, this time from several French privacy rights groups....more

12/12/2016 - Data Privacy Data Protection Authority Enforcement Actions EU Data Protection Laws EU-US Privacy Shield European Commission Exports France Germany International Data Transfers Ireland Ombudsman Personal Data Privacy Concerns

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield challenged

Privacy advocacy group Digital Rights Ireland has launched a challenge in European courts against the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield scheme, claiming it does not adequately protect the privacy rights of EU citizens. The lawsuit is...more

11/3/2016 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) CJEU Data Protection Data Protection Authority EU EU-US Privacy Shield International Data Transfers Ireland Model Clauses Personal Data

New York's New Cybersecurity Rules: What Is Required?

The new cybersecurity rules proposed by the New York State Department of Financial Services require financial services institutions to have extensive cybersecurity protections in place; including cybersecurity programs,...more

10/14/2016 - Banks Breach Notification Rule CISO Customer Protection Rule Cybersecurity Data Security Department of Financial Services Encryption FFIEC Financial Institutions Financial Sector Insurance Industry Policies and Procedures Popular Proposed Rules Risk Assessment State and Local Government Training

EU-US Privacy Shield: How to Certify

Following formal approval of the EU-US Privacy Shield, US organizations will now be considering how to apply for Privacy Shield certification. On July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally approved and adopted the...more

8/10/2016 - Data Controller Department of Transportation (DOT) EU EU-US Privacy Shield Filing Fees FTC International Data Transfers Personal Data Privacy Policy Self-Certification U.S. Commerce Department

EU-US Privacy Shield approved

The EU-US Privacy Shield has now been formally approved, providing a new mechanism for transferring personal data from the EU to the US, and reducing the legal uncertainty international businesses have been facing – at least...more

7/12/2016 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) EU EU Data Protection Laws EU-US Privacy Shield Federal Register International Data Transfers Member State Ombudsman Surveillance

New threats to transatlantic data flows as Model Clauses come under fire

The transfer of personal data from the EU to the US is continuing to come under attack in the EU, with Model Clauses now in the regulatory crosshairs. Consequently, organisations that do business on both sides of the Atlantic...more

6/9/2016 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) Binding Corporate Rules CJEU Data Protection Authority EDPS EEA EU EU Data Protection Laws EU-US Privacy Shield International Data Transfers Ireland Model Clauses US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

Strict and far-reaching new EU data protection regime comes into force

The EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") is now in force, and the clock is officially ticking for businesses to bring their operations into line with its sweeping changes. On 4 May 2016, after more than four...more

5/27/2016 - Breach Notification Rule Consent Corporate Counsel Data Breach Data Processors Data Protection Authority EU EU Data Protection Laws General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) International Data Transfers Member State One-Stop Shop Personal Data

Significant concerns from EU Data Protection Authorities may delay the EU-US Privacy Shield

EU Data Protection Authorities met in Brussels last week to deliver their eagerly anticipated opinion on the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield. They set out significant criticisms of the current proposals, dealing a blow to those...more

4/19/2016 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) Data Protection Authority EU EU Data Protection Laws EU-US Privacy Shield International Data Transfers Personal Data US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

European Parliament approves new EU data protection law

The European Parliament has voted on the General Data Protection Regulation (the "GDPR"). The vote marks the end of a four-year legislative process and makes the GDPR a reality....more

4/18/2016 - Corporate Counsel EU EU Data Protection Laws EU Directive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

No consensus on Privacy Shield following debate on adequacy

The EU-US Privacy Shield remains a hotly debated issue. At a meeting at the European Parliament last week, it became evident that significant areas of disagreement remain between the European Commission, the European...more

3/24/2016 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) Data Protection Authority Dispute Resolution EU-US Privacy Shield European Commission International Data Transfers Ombudsman Petition for Redress of Grievances Privacy Concerns U.S. Commerce Department

New deal for transferring personal data from the EU to the US moves a step closer

Following the conclusion in early February of negotiations for the Privacy Shield (the replacement for Safe Harbor), the European Commission has published draft documents providing the full detail of the Privacy Shield...more

3/8/2016 - Data Protection Authority EU EU-US Privacy Shield European Commission International Data Transfers Personal Data Remedies US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

EU Regulatory Agendas: EDPS Priorities 2016 and Article 29 Working Party Work Programme 2016 – 2018

On January 7, 2016, the European Data Protection Supervisor ("EDPS") published its priorities for 2016[1]. The EDPS is an independent supervisory authority at EU level whose primary objective is to ensure that European...more

2/27/2016 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) Data Privacy Data Protection Authority Digital Single Market EDPS EU-US Privacy Shield European Commission General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) International Data Transfers

Safe Harbor is dead, long live Safe Harbor!

News broke late February 2, 2016 that the United States and the European Union Commission have agreed upon a revised and updated version of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor, providing a new framework for transfers of personal data...more

2/5/2016 - Article 29 Working Group Data Protection Authority EU EU-US Privacy Shield European Commission European Court of Justice (ECJ) FTC International Data Transfers Ombudsman Personal Data Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner Surveillance U.S. Commerce Department US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

International Data Privacy: How to Navigate the Challenges

Hardly a day goes by when the news doesn't include some privacy-related story or scandal. To name just a few recent examples, we've seen: ..Highly publicized losses of customer credit card data by household-name...more

1/26/2016 - Data Collection Data Security EU EU Data Protection Laws Personal Data Right to Be Forgotten Risk-Based Approaches Startups

UK and EU Law Enforcement Investigatory and Data Sharing Powers: Developments and International Impact

Proposed UK legislation governing UK law enforcement investigatory powers (together with differences in approach by the UK and rest of Europe to law enforcement access to personal data) will have a deep and far reaching...more

1/11/2016 - Data-Sharing Enforcement Authority EU Government Investigations Law Enforcement Pending Legislation Technology Sector Telecommunications UK

Introduction of new EU General Data Protection Regulation: final stages

The EU institutions have completed ‘trilogue’ negotiations on the text of the General Data Protection Regulation, bringing the new European data protection regime very close to final - On 17 December 2015, an...more

12/22/2015 - Children's Products EU Data Protection Laws General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Member State One-Stop Shop

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