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Are China’s New Data and Cybersecurity Regulations a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

As the Year of the Sheep gets underway, it is already apparent that the Chinese government will not be living up to the meek reputation of its zodiac representative—at least not as far as data and cybersecurity are concerned....more

Further Delay to the EU Data Protection Regulation

January 28, 2015 marked the ninth annual European Data Protection Day. To commemorate the day, Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market and Vera Jourová, the European Union’s (EU)...more

How Data Privacy Regulations Changed Across Asia-Pacific in 2014

2014 saw a large number of significant developments in data privacy laws across Asia-Pacific. However, unsurprisingly there has not been a consistent approach across Asia-Pacific towards the development of data privacy...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

European Data Protection Supervisor launches its 2015-2019 strategy

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) launched it data protection strategy, summarizing it in three strategic objectives and 10 accompanying measures for the next five years. The EDPS stated that it is a crucial...more

European Union Cookie Sweep Highlights Need for Improved Compliance

On February 3, 2015, European data protection regulators released the Cookie Sweep Combined Analysis Report analyzing how websites use cookies to collect data from European citizens and highlighting noncompliance with Article...more

China to Implement New Personal Data Protection Rules

Effective March 15, 2015, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) will implement the new Measures for Penalties for Infringing upon the Rights and Interests of Consumers (Measures). The Measures clarify...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

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

Brazil Bill Implements New Provisions for International Data Transfers

The Bill’s provisions on international data transfers are most relevant to foreign companies that do business in Brazil. The Brazilian government has issued a Bill for the Protection of Personal Data (Bill) for public...more

German Data Protection Commissioners Take Action Against Safe Harbor

At the Data Protection Conference in Berlin, the Berlin and Hamburg Data Protection Commissioners (Commissioners) made a number of important announcements regarding the ‘inadequacy’ of the EU/U.S. Safe Harbor Program. ...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

Connected cars are privacy and security threats?

The recent report from the US Senator Ed Markey raises issues on the future of connected cars because of the privacy issues and the potential cybercrimes that might affect the security of vehicles.  ...more

Retailers Need To Prepare For The New EU Data Protection Regulation

By now, everyone has heard of the draft EU Data Protection Regulation that is expected to replace the current Data Protection Directive, which dates from 1995. The key innovative provisions in the Regulation will...more

Internet of Things – When your yogurt pots start talking to you. Towards an EU Approach?

“When your yogurt pots start talking to you“. Do you remember? This was the start of a call for action from the European Commission on Internet of Things back in 2009....more

Bridging the Week - February 2015 #2

Industry Watchdogs Warn Brokers and Advisory Firms on Cybersecurity Threats - Both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority published observations of their review of...more

European Data Protection Supervisor equals data protection rules to competition rules.

Mr Giovanni Buttarelli, the newly appointed European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”), spoke earlier this week at a seminar in Brussels on antitrust, privacy and big data. After having explored the conceptual...more

UK Government Issues Additional Cyber Security Guidance

The UK Government has issued additional guidance for organisations to help them protect themselves against a cyber attack. The new guidance supplements the previous guidance by setting out what common cyber attacks look like...more

“Toubon Law” 20 Years On: The Cyber Economy and France’s Law on the Mandatory Use of the French Language

In 1994, France implemented a law, known as the “Toubon Law” after France’s then-minister of Culture, Jacques Toubon, to preserve the French language, protect French consumers and promote French culture. At the time, the...more

(Un)Safe Harbor and Cloud Services in Germany Under Scrutiny

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2015, Berlin Data Protection Commissioner Dr. Alexander Dix, speaking at the European Data Protection Conference in Berlin, made a number of important announcements regarding the EU/U.S. Safe Harbor...more

International Data Privacy Day: Our Top 10 Data Privacy Tips

It’s International Data Privacy Day! Every year on January 28, the United States, Canada and 27 countries of the European Union celebrate Data Privacy Day. This day is designed to raise awareness of and generate discussion...more

EU Data Protection – Proposal on Co-Operation Procedure to Harmonize Common Opinions on Contractual Clauses

On November 26st, 2014, the EU Article 29 Working Party (the "Working Party") issued a "Working Document Setting Forth a Co-Operation Procedure for Issuing Common Opinions on ‘Contractual Clauses’ Considered as compliant with...more

European Banking Authority Releases Internet Payment Guidelines

The European Banking Authority (EBA) released ‘Final guidelines on the security of internet payments’ (Guidelines). These Guidelines are based on the work published by the European Forum on the Security of Retail Payments...more

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