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Can the U.S. – EU Safe Harbor Weather the Storm?

On 24 March, the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) heard argument on a case that could significantly impact, if not invalidate altogether, the Safe Harbor framework that facilitates the flow of personal data from...more

EUROPE: EU-US data flows at risk? European Court of Justice today heard Facebook case.

Yesterday, the Schrems v. Irish Data Protection Commission case was brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) for an oral hearing, following referral by the Irish High Court. While the final ruling by...more

US giants in trouble with new EU privacy rules

The European Council approved the “one-stop-shop” privacy rule which might cause relevant issues to companies operating in different EU countries, including large American Internet and technology companies, where separate...more

European Hearing on the Future of Safe Harbor

Back on February 12th 2015, Max Schrems, the Austrian law student who began Europe v. Facebook, posted a tweet suggesting that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) may hear his case as soon as this month. Since...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

NGOs may rely on UK's Journalism Exemption

The UK Information Commissioner’s Officer (the “ICO”), in a letter to Global Witness (in Steinmetz and others v Global Witness) (the “Letter”), stated that non-media organisations may rely on the special-purposes exemption...more

Taming the “Wild West” in the Far East: China Extends Protections for Privacy and Reputation to the Internet, Heightens the Risk...

Although laws targeting Internet-based content have lagged behind in China, the Chinese government has made sweeping changes over the past two years—most recently last fall—that extend offline legal protections to the virtual...more

Article 29 Working Party issues its Cookie Sweep Combined Analysis - Report

On 3 February, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party published its ‘Cookie Sweep Combined Analysis – Report’. The sweep was undertaken by the WP29 in partnership with eight of the European data protection regulators,...more

Google to be inspected by Italian privacy regulator

At the end of last week, the Italian privacy regulator reported the news on the approval of an arrangement with Google enabling the Italian DPA – for the first time in Europe – to regularly monitor the implementation by...more

Current UK Thinking on Cybersecurity

2014 contained a series of high profile data breaches, including the recent Sony breach in relation to the Hollywood film release of The Interview. It is expected that globally 2015 will focus further on fighting privacy and...more

Ofcom Publishes Plan To Support the Internet of Things

In January, Ofcom, the UK telecommunications regulator, published its Statement on ‘Promoting investment and innovation in the Internet of Things’ (Statement). The Statement acknowledges that the Internet of Things (IoT) has...more

EUROPE: European cookie sweep results published: average of 34.6 cookies per website.

Article 29 Working Party, the European data protection advisory body, has published its report on the ‘cookie sweep’ that was carried out in September last year in partnership with data protection authorities and other...more

Belgium getting tough on Facebook?

Today a delegation of Facebook is meeting with the Belgian ‘Secretary of State’ responsible for Privacy, Bart Tommelein. The subject of conversation are Facebook’s new terms of service and data policy, which are claimed to be...more

New rules for call centers located outside EU – The Italian and Albanian cooperation

Today, the Italian and the Albanian Data Protection Authorities issued a press release announcing their cooperation on privacy protections when personal data are processed by call centers located in Albania. ...more

Any Progress? The Draft Data Protection Regulation Celebrates its Third Anniversary

On the third anniversary of the EU Commission’s proposed new data protection regime, the UK ICO has published its thoughts on where the new regime stands. The message is mixed: progress in some areas but nothing definitive,...more

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

Delicate balance between right to be forgotten and information access

The right of oblivion (le droit a l’oubli) has a distinctly French air, perhaps more reminiscent of existentialist philosophy than of legal codes. That right, though, is enshrined in French law, providing convicted criminals...more

Missed Davos? Catch up online with the forum’s top Internet issues

If you care about the latest in Internet policy, you probably wish you were side by side with industry and world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland — maybe participating in a panel with Bill Gates,...more

EU Art. 29 Working Party Opinion on the Internet of Things

The EU Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has issued an Opinion on ‘Recent Developments on the Internet of Things’ (Opinion). The Opinion stresses the privacy and security challenges generated by the development of the Internet...more

Dutch Data Protection Authority Threatens Google with a €15 million fine

The Dutch data protection authority, College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens (CBP), released a cease and desist order requiring Google to pay €60,000 per day, up to a maximum of €15 million, for violating Dutch data protection...more

European Commission and EU Art 29 dispel the myths on the ECJ's decision in Google Spain

In May 2014, we reported on the implications of the landmark decision in Google Spain which recognises the right for individuals to have links about themselves de-listed from search results. In response to the complaints...more

Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner Ends 2014 with Special Interest in Mobile Apps

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner of Personal Data (the “Commissioner”) ended 2014 with a special interest in mobile applications (“apps”)....more

French Data Protection Authority Audit of Open Access Internet and Wi-fi Hot Spots – CNIL Issues Recommendations

Open access internet and free WiFi are ubiquitous. For many denizens of the mobilesphere, especially in urban environments, telephone networks are relics. It’s therefore not surprising that the French Data Protection...more

Internet of Things regulators shall learn from Google News case?

Internet of Things regulators might have learnt an interesting lesson from Google’s decision to shut down Google News in Spain as a consequence of the coming into force of new publishing law. ...more

CHRISTMAS 2014: Top Five Privacy & Cyber Predictions, Trends And Issues For 2015 And Beyond!

Last year at this time we looked forward to the APPs coming into effect (from 12 March 2014) and highlighted the Top 10 Things You Think You Know About Privacy But Don’t!. In September this year we highlighted the practical...more

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