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European Commission Publishes Draft Regulation on Geo-Blocking – Will It Unblock ECommerce Across the EU?

As part of the Commission’s Digital Single Market initiative, the European Commission has published a draft Regulation aimed at preventing traders from discriminating against customers based on nationality or location. The...more

Digital Single Market Update: European Commission Concludes No New Regulation for Online Platforms

Online platforms have transformed the way we live and work and, as a result, platform operators have become some of the world’s leading brands. But the EU is concerned that Europe is not currently keeping pace with the U.S....more

The EU’s Data Transfer “Privacy Shield”—Full Body Armor or a Candle in the Wind?

With the August 1st start of the Privacy Shield, the European Commission’s new and long-awaited transatlantic data transfer agreement with the U.S., businesses that had previously relied on the invalidated Safe Harbor scheme...more

Amazon Case Means EU B2C Website Terms May Need an Update

If you operate a website which does business with consumers based in the European Union, read on. In the recent case, Verein für Konsumenteninformation v Amazon EU Sàrl (28 July 2016), brought by Austrian consumer...more

The Digital Single Market Strategy: One Year On

In May 2015, the European Commission announced its Digital Single Market Strategy to accelerate the creation of a digital single market (DSM) across the EU. The EU’s aim is to broaden access to e-commerce, media and...more

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

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 20:...

ad hoc clauses means a set of clauses for Cross-Border Data Transfers, which require prior approval by a DPA (see Chapter 13)....more

An Overview of the New General Data Protection Regulation

The European Parliament has approved the reformed General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). Given this is a Regulation (rather than a Directive), this legislation will apply automatically in every Member State (without...more

“Privacy Shield” Open For Business – Fees?

The certification forms for the new US-EU Privacy Shield Framework are now available online. What is not easily discernible in the workflow is the fee structure. One needs to refer back to the Federal Register’s...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 19:...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? This topic covers the transitional period between the publication of the GDPR (on 4 May 2016) and the GDPR Effective Date (i.e., 25 May 2018). This represents a limited,...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 18:...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? From the GDPR Effective Date, the GDPR will be the main instrument governing EU data protection law across all Member States. The Directive, which is almost 20 years old, will...more

If Your Company Receives EU Citizens’ Personal Data, Privacy Shield Self-Certification Is Now Open – And the Clock is Ticking on...

If your company transfers the personal information of European Union citizens to the United States, you likely have kept a close eye on the evolution of EU privacy law since a European court invalidated the former EU-U.S....more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 16:...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Whereas the remedies and sanctions available to DPAs under the Directive are comparatively low (generally subject to a maximum of less than €1 million per infringement, with...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 15:...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Under the Directive, organisations are obliged to deal with a separate DPA for each Member State whose laws apply to them. This has meant that businesses faced a range of...more

It’s Time. Pick up the Shield.

When the new EU-US Privacy Shield was adopted all the way back on the 12th of July, we were quoted in the media discussing the fact that formal legal challenges to it were inevitable. By the time the dust settled enough to...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 14: Data...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? National Data Protection Authorities ("DPAs") are appointed to implement and enforce data protection law, and to offer guidance. As set out in Chapter 16, DPAs have...more

One of the Largest Member Clubs in Singapore Is Liquidated

California Fitness’s closure has left many consumers who have purchased prepaid packages without any remedies. On 20 July, California Fitness, which was once fronted by action movie star Jackie Chan, announced that it...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 13:...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? In today's world, it is increasingly important to be able to move data freely to wherever those data are needed. However, the transfer of personal data to recipients outside...more

“Battle-ready” Privacy Shield gets muted welcome from EU data protection authorities

On 26 July, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (WP29) released a statement outlining its opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, which was adopted by the European Commission earlier this month. After praising the...more

The Dispute Resolution Mechanisms Under the Privacy Shield: What Happens if I Join Privacy Shield and Someone Submits a Complaint?...

The first installment in our month-long series dissecting the new “Privacy Shield” framework for transferring data from the EU to the United States discussed the history and implementation of the Privacy Shield. The second,...more

Article 29 Working Party on the EU-US Privacy Shield: A Number of Concerns Remain But Let’s See How It Works

Article 29 Working Party on the EU-US Privacy Shield: The EU’s Article 29 Working Party analyzed the final version of the Privacy Shield and issued a statement on July 26, 2016. What does this mean?...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 12: Impact...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? A significant aspect of complying with EU data protection law is demonstrating compliance—making it evident to DPAs that an organisation is meeting its obligations. Three of...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 11:...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Under the GDPR, the concept of a "processor" does not change. Any entity that is a processor under the Directive likely continues to be a processor under the GDPR. However,...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 10:...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Each time an organisation processes personal data, it will do so as either a controller or a processor. These roles bear different responsibilities. Therefore, it is...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 9: Rights...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? EU data protection law provides data subjects with a wide array of rights that can be enforced against organisations that process personal data. These rights may limit the...more

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