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ECJ Rules EU-US Safe Harbor Programme Is Invalid

The powers of EU data protection authorities are significantly strengthened by the decision, allowing them to suspend some or all personal data flows into the United States in certain circumstances. In Maximillian...more

The European Court of Justice Invalidates Safe Harbor

The European Court of Justice has just issued a decision (ECJ 6 October 2015 Case C-362/14, Maximillian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner) that invalidates the so-called US-EU “Safe Harbor” system. Suddenly, what 3,500...more

Keep Calm and Data Transfer On (… mostly … for now) - M&E Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Alert

Most of you already have Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, and—the aged among you—in-boxes overflowing with news about yesterday’s decision from the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”). Some of you read each message, anxiously...more

ECJ Decision on Safe Harbor Framework Could Have Far Reaching Implications

A landmark decision is expected on Tuesday by the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) on the validity of the EU-US Safe Harbor Framework as an adequacy mechanism for European companies to transfer personal information to U.S....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 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

Consumer Rights Act 2015: Private Actions for Breaches of Competition Law – Overview of the New Regime

The entry into force of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (“CRA15”) on 1 October 2015 sees the overhaul of the private enforcement regime in England & Wales. The CRA15, which amends both the Competition Act 1998 and the Enterprise...more

US-China Cyber Deal Big on Promises, Short on Action

In the aftermath of recent cyberattacks attributed to China’s government and citizens, many observers prepared for a rather uncomfortable state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping last week. Then, as President Xi began his...more

When Is Evidence of a Foreign Cartel Proof of a U.S. Price-Fixing Conspiracy?

The Third Circuit held that in antitrust cases involving concentrated markets, courts must carefully consider the nature of the industry and whether the actions of defendants can be equally attributed to independent conduct...more

Hungary opens doors to BCRs

From the 1st of October 2015, a change in law will allow Hungary to accept Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) as providing an adequate level of protection for cross-border transfers. This is a very welcome change from the...more

Hong Kong Competition Commission Consults on Draft Cartel Leniency Policy

On September 23, 2015, the Hong Kong Competition Commission (the Commission) released a draft leniency policy for undertakings engaged in cartel conduct (the Policy) for public consultation. Feedback is invited by the...more

U.S. to China Health Care Arrangements: New Rules for Medical Institution and Service Advertisements

As U.S. hospitals and health care providers continue to explore China’s market for international health care business opportunities, including telemedicine, they often consider providing services or products to consumers...more

European Court of Justice Advocate General Opinion: The End of Safe Harbor?

On September 23, the European Court of Justice heard the case which will determine whether US companies can rely on Safe Harbor as a measure to provide adequate privacy protection for personal data imported from the European...more

ECJ Advocate General’s Safe Harbor Opinion Points Towards Imminent End of Safe Harbor As We Know It

Does your company rely on Safe Harbor to transfer personal data from Europe to the US? If so, it’s time to think about alternatives to Safe Harbor – and fast....more

More fines to come in Germany? Service provider engagements are under increased scrutiny.

Following a significant fine against the parties to an asset acquisition for illegally transferring customer information, the Bavarian Data Protection Supervisory Authority (Bavarian DPA) announced on August, 20, 2015 that it...more

CPSC Will Launch Electronic Filing System Pilot Program for Imported Products

Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a pilot program to test an electronic filing system that will require importers to submit data electronically for imported consumer products. The filing system...more

Communications Networks – update on UK and EU regulatory reviews

In March, Ofcom announced its decision to undertake a strategic review of the telecommunications sector, having not carried out such a review since 2005. In parallel, the EU is currently reviewing regulation within the...more

Belgian FSMA Consultation On Marketing Materials For Financial Products Distributed To Non-Professional Clients – July 2015 Update

The Belgian FSMA has launched a consultation on the new rules on marketing materials for financial products distributed to retail clients, introduced by the Transversal Royal Decree....more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Trade Practices & Consumer Protection (Updated)

TRADE PRACTICES AND CONSUMER PROTECTION - New Zealand has extensive laws dealing with trade practices and consumer protection matters. TRADE PRACTICES - Competitive business activity in New Zealand is...more

Guiding Opinions to Promote Healthy and Rapid Development of Cross-Border E-Commerce

The Chinese e-commerce industry is rapidly expanding, and the nation is the world’s second largest online retail market. The business-to-consumer industry in particular is expected to see record growth in the next few years....more

The EU’s S-L-O-W March Towards a Uniform Data Protection Regime

The European Union (EU), comprised of 28 member states, currently has a patchwork of privacy and data protection laws, based on the EU’s 1995 Data Protection Directive. This mix of laws has led to inconsistent data...more

CRA 2015 Briefing 06-15

The main provisions of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA) will come into force on 1 October 2015. The CRA consolidates key consumer rights covering contracts for goods, services, digital content and the law relating to unfair...more

EU Council Agrees Draft Data Protection Regulation

On 15 June 2015 the EU Council of Ministers (Council) reached a General Approach to the long-awaited draft Data Protection Regulation (DPR), bringing Europe one step closer to a single, harmonised set of data protection rules...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2015 #3

In This Issue: - US Financial Stability Oversight Council Releases Guidance Regarding Calculations of Stage 1 Threshold - US Federal Agencies Issue Final Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of...more

Outsourcing by Canadian Companies after the USA PATRIOT Act

Wondering about outsourcing your data to the U.S.? What follows is an update to one of our most popular posts: Outsourcing by Canadian Companies: Another Look at the USA PATRIOT Act, originally written in January 2013....more

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