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Privacy Shield is Finally Official

The EU Commission has formally adopted Privacy Shield and the US Department of Commerce will go live with a new Privacy Shield registration website on August 1. US companies that had been registered under Safe Harbor will...more

What does the Brexit vote mean for UK data protection?

US companies and policy makers will no doubt spend a good chunk of the day today considering the possible implications for them of yesterday’s UK vote for Brexit. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, has issued a...more

EU-US Privacy Shield Agreement Published

The European Commission has finally made the draft text of the EU-US Privacy Shield program available... The Privacy Shield program, which was agreed to in principle by US and EU negotiators nearly four weeks ago, will...more

Safe Harbor Invalidated – What’s Next on the Chopping Block?

As I reported earlier today, the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has declared Safe Harbor invalid. The full decision is now available online in English (other languages also available at curia.europa.eu by searching on...more

EU Top Court’s Safe Harbor Decision Invalidates Safe Harbor and Sends Facebook Case Back to Irish Data Protection Authority

The initial reports of the ECJ’s decision in the Schrems Safe Harbor case (C-362/14) indicate that the Court of Justice of the EU has declared Safe Harbor invalid and sent the case back to the Irish Data Protection Authority...more

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

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

[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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Tools from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office: How to Respond to Subject Access Requests

(LONDON) The UK ICO has come through yet again with some clear guidance as to how to apply the UK’s data protection laws in connection with requests by individuals for access to their personal data. While we are waiting with...more

8/15/2013  /  Compliance , Data Protection , ICO , UK

EU Data Protection Regulation: and the horizon recedes again . . .

(LONDON) We recently wrote that a crucial committee vote on the new EU Data Protection Regulation had been pushed back until May 29-30. The vote has been delayed again until an unspecified future date, although Jan Phillip...more

EU versus Google: A test case for the viability of a global data protection policy?

(LONDON) The EU has escalated its existing investigation of Google’s global privacy policy, a policy covering all of Google’s services that was introduced by Google last year. Up until April 3, the French data protection...more

Latest EU Proposal Will Force More Companies to Disclose Data Breaches

(LONDON) The European Commission recently published a draft “Cybersecurity Directive” which aims to increase the level of preparedness across the EU to deal with threats to network and information security. The Directive...more

The Sony data breach fine: A hand-slap from London now, but what would it have been under the proposed new EU Data Protection...

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Sony £250,000 for the widely publicized 2011 security breach during which hackers gained access to personal data (including credit card information) of over 77 million...more

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