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EU Round-UP: Safe Harbor 2.0 and Upcoming National Challenges

EU Commissioner Vera Jourova recently announced in a speech to the EU Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) that the Commission and the US have made substantial progress in finalizing a...more

10/28/2015 - Article 29 Working Party (WP29) Binding Corporate Rules Data Privacy Data Protection Authority Data Security Enforcement EU EU Data Protection Laws European Commission Facebook Germany Google International Data Transfers LIBE Model Contracts NSA Personal Data SCC Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner Surveillance US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

Court of Justice of the EU Decision on Safe Harbor Expected October 6

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has announced that it will release its decision in the Schrems Safe Harbor case on Tuesday, October 6. It is highly unusual for the ECJ to issue a decision so quickly after publication of...more

9/30/2015 - Advocate General Data Privacy Data Security EU EU Data Protection Laws European Court of Justice (ECJ) International Data Transfers US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

Thinking Big about Data – the new EDPS Ethics Board

Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), recently announced the formation of a new external Ethics Board that will do a deep dive into the complex ethical issues that surround the use of personal...more

9/18/2015 - Big Data Data Privacy Data Protection Data Security EDPS Ethics EU Personal Data Personally Identifiable Information

EU Data Protection Regulation – Did you know there’s an app for that?

As EU data protection watchers know, the draft General Data Protection Regulation (which has been around long enough to be universally referred to by its acronym, GDPR) exists in three major versions, with a fourth version...more

8/6/2015 - Data Privacy Data Protection EDPS EU EU Council of Ministers EU Data Protection Laws Mobile Apps

Privacy Tuesday – May 2015: Shaping Up — Update on the EU’s Draft General Data Protection Regulation

On this Privacy Tuesday, we can definitely say that the long winter of our discontent (at least for some of our readers) is over. Happy spring!...more

5/5/2015 - COPPA EU EU Data Protection Laws Privacy Policy

[Webinar] Compliance with EU Data Protection for US Companies - April 29, 1:00-2:00 EDT

This webinar, the fourth in our Privacy Series, will consider issues faced by US companies who do business in Europe or simply interact with European customers. We will look at how to determine whether EU data protection laws...more

4/7/2015 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Cybersecurity Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws UK Webinars

One Less Carrot for Business:  Council of European Union Limits the “One-Stop Shop” Mechanism in the Draft Data Protection...

The draft Data Protection Regulation doesn’t offer many carrots to business – and a recent announcement by the Council of the European Union takes away one of the biggest carrots, the “One-Stop Shop” mechanism....more

3/16/2015 - Data Protection EU European Commission One-Stop Shop

Who’s your role model for EU privacy notices? The latest Google Undertaking

When small and mid-size companies start expanding their apps or web presence into Europe, they need to start thinking about EU data protection laws. It’s tempting to take a look at what one or two of the “big guys” do about...more

2/6/2015 - EU EU Data Protection Laws Google Small Business

On the First Day of Privacy, the EU Gave to Santa……

Welcome to our series, “The 12 Days of Privacy” as we look to “gifts” that may be received this season and some of the big issues ahead...more

12/10/2014 - Article 29 Working Group EU EU Data Protection Laws

EU sets sights on search results

(LONDON) The highly influential Article 29 Working Party, composed in part of representatives of the EU’s national data protection offices, has announced that the right to be forgotten applies to .com as well as...more

12/1/2014 - EU Google gTLD Popular Right to Be Forgotten Search Engines

Google, the House of Lords and the timing of the EU Data Protection Regulation

In the Google Spain “Right to be Forgotten” case, the ECJ held that Google must remove links to a newspaper article containing properly published information about a Spanish individual on the basis that the information is no...more

8/20/2014 - Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws European Court of Justice (ECJ) Google Popular Right to Be Forgotten

Honing in on the new rules for the transfer of personal data outside of the EEA

Although no major legislative milestones for the EU Data Protection Regulation have occurred since March 2014 (see status update here), there has been some progress over the late spring and early summer of 2014. One key item...more

7/24/2014 - Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws

No news doesn’t mean it’s gone away: Timing Update for the EU Data Protection Regulation

With no major legislative milestones since the March 2014 EU Parliamentary vote endorsing the LIBE draft of the new Data Protection Legislation, observers from outside the EU might understandably wonder whether the...more

7/24/2014 - Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws

My company isn’t a search engine. Why should I care about Google Spain?

(LONDON) Google – along with the rest of us – is still considering the implications of the European Court of Justice’s May 13, 2014 decision that Google must remove links to a newspaper article containing properly published...more

5/23/2014 - Data Protection EU Google Internet Privacy Policy Right to Be Forgotten Right to Privacy Search Engines

The latest thinking from Europe (while we are waiting for the Regulation)

(LONDON) Privacy practitioners from the US and Europe gathered in London on April 30 and May 1 to discuss current thinking about privacy policy, regulation and compliance at the IAPP’s European Data Protection Intensive...more

5/2/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws UK UK Data Protection Act

New Draft Processor to Sub-processor Model Clauses (Art. 29 Working Party)

(LONDON) The Art. 29 Working Party, a key advisory body to the EU Commission, recently proposed draft model clauses to cover the transfer of personal data from EEA data processors to non-EEA sub-processors....more

4/9/2014 - Data Protection EEA EU EU Data Protection Laws

New Timeline for Adoption of Definitive EU Data Protection Regulation

(LONDON) The European Commission announced yesterday that it is working towards a revised timeline for the adoption of a definitive Data Protection Regulation by the end of 2014. While Commissioner Viviane Reding’s...more

1/29/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection EU UK

On the 9th Day of Privacy, the European Union Gave to Me . . .

. . . a delayed delivery notice for the biggest package of the holiday season! (LONDON) Major changes are on the way in Europe that will have a significant impact on companies anywhere in the world that collect or...more

12/19/2013 - Data Collection Data Protection EU Privacy Laws

European Commission Proposes New Ground Rules for US Safe Harbor

(LONDON) The European Commission, which has the authority to make changes to the US Safe Harbor program, has published a paper titled “Rebuilding Trust in EU-US Data Flows” that sets out the changes that the Commission would...more

11/29/2013 - Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws European Commission NSA Personally Identifiable Information Safe Harbors Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Key EU Parliament Committee Endorses Revised Draft of Data Protection Regulation

(LONDON) As widely expected, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted today in favor of a revised, even tougher draft of the Data Protection Regulation that will (if...more

10/23/2013 - Cybersecurity Data Collection Data Protection EU EU Data Protection Laws LIBE Personally Identifiable Information

Should we worry about Safe Harbor being suspended because of the NSA’s PRISM Program?

(LONDON) Various data protection power players have called for the suspension or curtailment of the US Safe Harbor program ever since the Snowden revelations that the US NSA has required large internet service providers such...more

10/21/2013 - EU FTC Internet Service Providers (ISPs) NSA PRISM Safe Harbors

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