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Exploring the Employment Law Implications of a ‘Brexit’

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) will hold an “in or out” referendum to decide whether it should remain a member of the European Union (EU). If the UK chooses to leave the 28-member European Union, one certain...more

An Overview of Turkey’s New Data Protection Law

After a decade of winding its way through the legislative process, Turkey’s new Data Protection Law entered into force on April 7. Although Turkey previously had a few sectoral data protection laws on the books, this is the...more

New EU Data Protection Regulation Is Now Enacted

On April 14, 2016, the European Parliament formally adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With this vote, the new EU data protection legal framework will become legally effective in two years and 20 days from...more

Privacy Shield Takes a Hit, While GDPR Gets A Boost

The past week has seen a number of key developments in the EU data protection regime – but it has not all been smooth sailing. First, the good news – on 8 April, the European Council formally adopted its position on the...more

Art. 29 Working Party Announces it Will Not Support Privacy Shield at Press Conference

On April 13, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party (“Art. 29 WP”) held a press conference at which it presented its forthcoming opinion on the adequacy of the US-EU Privacy Shield....more

EU Data Protection Authorities: Privacy Shield needs more work

European Data Protection Authorities have announced that, in their view, further work is required to ensure the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield provides sufficient protection to European data transferred to the United...more

Article 29 Working Party Calls for Improvements to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On April 13, 2016, the body of European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs)—the "Article 29 Working Party" (WP29)—issued its opinion on the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.1 The WP29 acknowledged that progress has been made with...more

Key EU Advisory Body Declines to Support Privacy Shield

UPDATE: The Article 29 Working Party has released surprisingly brief comments on Privacy Shield. Consistent with the press briefing held on April 13, 2016, WP29 has concluded that Privacy Shield falls short without providing...more

Final text of the General Data Protection Regulation finally available

On 6 April 2016 the Council of the European Union has finally published what will most likely be the final text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), now translated in all the official languages of the EU....more

Obama Renews Cyber Sanctions Power

On April 1st of last year, President Obama, by Executive Order 13694, declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to “deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the...more

Privacy Alert: The Privacy Shield, As It Stands Today

Following the invalidation of the US-EU Safe Harbor by the Court of Justice of the European Union in October last year (see From a Safe Harbor to a Privacy Shield), the U.S. Department of Commerce and the EU Commission have...more

A Brief Overview of the Privacy Shield

The European Commission published on February 29 the legal instruments needed to put in place the “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield” (Privacy Shield) for transfers of personal information from Europe to the United States. Before the...more

Administration Seeks to Renegotiate Controversial Cybersecurity Export Control

The Obama administration will reportedly seek to renegotiate a controversial cybersecurity export control rule required to be implemented into U.S. regulations by the Commerce Department under the Wassenaar Arrangement on...more

New German Data Protection Law Enables a German Version of “Class Actions”

Germany has enacted a new data protection statute, which came into force on February 24, 2016, and enables business associations and consumer groups to enforce violations of German data protection laws against businesses....more

President Obama Signs into Law the Judicial Redress Act

On February 24, President Obama signed the Judicial Redress Act, legislation that, according to the President, ensures “data is protected in the strongest possible way with our privacy laws.” The legislation is considered...more

President Obama Signs New Privacy Law – Judicial Redress Act

On February 24, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Judicial Redress Act giving citizens of certain “covered countries” access to U.S. courts to protect their privacy and take legal action against U.S. government...more

Passage of the U.S. Redress Act Raises Confidence in Privacy Protection for Transatlantic Data Flows

The U.S. Judicial Redress Act has been signed into law by President Obama. The move marks an important step in data transfer relations between the EU and the United States, gives the green light to the EU-U.S. law enforcement...more

European Commission Debuts EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

In a development eagerly anticipated by businesses on both sides of the Atlantic, the European Commission has published the legal instruments needed to put in place the “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield” for transfers of personal data...more

President Obama Gives EU Citizens Judicial Redress for Privacy Violations

The Judicial Redress Act (Act), signed into law on February 24, 2016, by President Obama, extends the privacy protections offered to U.S. citizens under the Privacy Act of 1974 to citizens of ''covered countries'' overseas....more

WP 29 Issues Statement on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On the same day that the European Commission debuted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) issued a statement welcoming the publication of the draft “adequacy decision” of the European Commission as...more

Key Review of Privacy Shield Coming in Six Weeks

Now that the EU Commission has published the complete version of its draft decision adopting the EU-US Privacy Shield program, it’s time for the key reviewers to dig in. I don’t mean the lawyers, or EU privacy advocates, or...more

US Commerce Department, EC release Privacy Shield details; EC releases Adequacy Decision on Shield's protections

On February 29, 2016, the Department of Commerce and European Commission released the details of the new US-EU Privacy Shield program, intended to replace the now defunct US-EU Safe Harbor program. According to the materials...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Details Announced

The full text of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) framework is now available. Privacy Shield was “designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to provide companies on both sides of the...more

Rebuilding Trust with the Europeans After Snowden: Obama Signs New Privacy Law

The U.S. and E.U. are one step closer to entering into a new data transfer agreement. On February 24, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into legislation the Judicial Redress Act, giving citizens of certain allied countries,...more

EU Commission Publishes EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On February 29, 2016, the European Commission (EU Commission) unveiled the text of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield). The Privacy Shield is designed to replace the invalidated EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework and to...more

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