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ICO Reminds Organisations of EU-U.S. Personal Data Transfer Obligations

The Interim Deputy Commissioner at the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), Steve Wood, has published a blog reminding organisations of their obligations when transferring personal data to the United States, pursuant to...more

The Digital Download - Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Newsletter – August 2016

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Published, Commencing Two-Year Countdown to Application. One of the most important EU legislative initiatives in recent years, and a landmark in privacy regulation worldwide, the GDPR...more

Location Data Poses Risks To Individual Privacy Says Irish Regulator

With the proliferation of location-based app services like traffic alerts and ride-sharing programs, the collection of consumers’ location information has exploded in recent years. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that...more

Less Is More: European Commission Gives Boost to the Collaborative Economy

Sometimes, what’s omitted is more important than what’s included. And never more so than in relation to EU regulation and compliance. Providers of peer-to-peer platforms may have feared that a desire by the EU to...more

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

European Restrictions on Computer Profiling

On May 25, 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect requiring companies that process personally identifiable information of EU residents to comply with a significant number of enhanced...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

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

ICO Responds to the ePrivacy Directive Consultation

In April, we reported that the European Commission had opened a public consultation seeking the views of various stakeholders on the current wording of, and possible changes to, the Privacy and Electronic Communications...more

EU-US Privacy Shield Framework Formally Adopted

On July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally adopted the Privacy Shield, a new transatlantic framework for the transfer of personal data from the European Union (EU) and certain countries of the European Economic Area...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

Impact of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on Adequacy and 5 Tips to Weather the Changes

Recent media coverage has brought to light the internal deliberations of the Government of Canada regarding the possible impact of the entry into force in 2018 of the GDPR on Canada’s adequacy status to receive personal data...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

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Companies Can Now Certify

As of, August 1st, 2016, U.S. companies can now join the Safe Harbor successor EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (the “Privacy Shield”) for personal data transfers from the EU to the U.S. This post gives a high level summary of...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 17: Issues...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Although a key aim of the GDPR is to harmonise data protection law across the EU, there are a number of areas in which the GDPR leaves it to Member States to adopt their own...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

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

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