International Trade Privacy Civil Procedure

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Privileged information is generally safe from Subject Access Requests

Subject Access Requests ("SARs") are an increasingly popular weapon in litigation, because they can be used to provide a cheap and quick form of pre-action disclosure. However, courts have confirmed that information subject...more

The Digital Divide Widens: Data Stored on Foreign Servers Within Reach of U.S. Warrants

The rules defining privacy rights in the digital ether just became more complicated – and many didn’t believe that was possible. In a decision issued late Friday by a federal magistrate in Philadelphia, Google Inc. was...more

Second Circuit Denies En Banc Rehearing in Microsoft Email Case

On January 24, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied the Department of Justice’s request for an en banc rehearing in In the Matter of a Warrant to Search a Certain Email Account Controlled and...more

EU court strikes down security legislation over privacy concerns

A recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) imposes restrictions on the use by member states’ law enforcement and national security agencies of telecommunication traffic and location records as...more

France Adopts New Regime for Privacy Class Actions

A few weeks ago, France passed the Digital Republic Act which significantly enhances French citizens’ rights to privacy by offering new avenues to exercise rights and granting new powers to the French data protection...more

Amendment to Criminal Procedure Rule 41 Impacts Data Privacy in U.S. and Abroad

On December 1, 2016, amended Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (FRCP) went into effect, thus expanding federal law enforcement’s power to search and seize electronic data. The new rule will allow law...more

Businesses can refuse Subject Access Requests made for the dominant purpose of litigation

The High Court has ruled that a business that receives a Subject Access Request ("SAR") can refuse to disclose the requested information in some cases, if the dominant purpose of the SAR is litigation. This appears to mark a...more

Business Litigation Reporter - November 2016

On June 12, 2016, the European Commission adopted a new framework for personal data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), called the “Privacy Shield.” US companies doing business in Europe may...more

The Subject Access Request That Led to a Security Breach, or Why Having a System to Respond to Access Requests Is Essential

In August, the UK’s data protection regulator, the ICO, fined a Hertfordshire GP practice £40,000 under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) after a subject access request (“SAR”) went badly wrong. A lack of process, training...more

The Basics of International Privacy Law for Commercial Litigators, Part 3: Cross-Border Discovery Issues

As explained in Part I and Part II of this series, U.S.-based commercial litigators should be aware that other countries’ privacy laws may affect their cases in unexpected ways. Perhaps the most likely stage for these issues...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield challenged

Privacy advocacy group Digital Rights Ireland has launched a challenge in European courts against the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield scheme, claiming it does not adequately protect the privacy rights of EU citizens. The lawsuit is...more

CJEU says dynamic IP addresses can constitute personal data

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) has ruled that dynamic IP addresses can constitute personal data. Dynamic IP addresses, registered by a website provider when an individual accesses its website, shall...more

Austrian Supreme Court Refers Schrems Consumer Class Action to ECJ

Just under a year ago today, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its Schrems decision, which invalidated Safe Harbor and led to substantial developments in US-EU data-transfer mechanisms. In parallel to the ECJ Safe...more

Which U.S. Businesses Must Comply with EU Data Protection Laws?

What the recent Amazon decision tells us - On 28 July 2016, the European Court of Justice rendered a decision in a dispute between an Austrian Consumer Protection organization known as VKI (Verein für...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

German DPAs Will Not Be Able to Challenge Privacy Shield This Year

Even before the ECJ’s Schrems decision invalidated Safe Harbor, the European Commission had begun working closely with US negotiators to craft what has become the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield. While EU privacy leaders have noted...more

Brexit: Preparing for the Unknown — Practical steps

The UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May has said: “The country voted to leave the European Union, and as prime minister I will make sure that we leave the European Union.” That seems like a clear statement, but the...more

Second Circuit Rules that Federal Warrants Do Not Apply to Electronic Information Stored Overseas

On July 14. 2016, the Second Circuit ruled that the government cannot lawfully use a search warrant to compel access to consumer data stored by Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) overseas. In its decision, the court overturned...more

Decision Holds That Search Warrant Cannot Compel Data Stored Overseas

The landmark ruling is the first by a federal court of appeals to address the extraterritoriality of the Stored Communications Act. Microsoft and other US-based internet service providers won a major victory on July 14...more

The Second Circuit Limits The Government’s Ability To Access Data Stored Overseas

In a case with important privacy implication for U.S. companies providing services ranging from e-mail, social networking, chat communications and remote storage, the Second Circuit Court of Appeal this week held in Microsoft...more

CJEU Attorney General Opinion Seeks to Restrict the Interpretation of ‘Establishment’

In June, the Attorney General (“AG”) of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued his opinion (English translation pending) in the case of Verein für Konsumenteninformation v Amazon EU Sàrl (Case C-191/15)....more

Second Circuit Holds that the U.S. Government Can’t Order Microsoft to Disclose Customer Emails Stored in Ireland

In a case closely watched by privacy advocates, on July 14, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) does not authorize U.S. law enforcement authorities to order U.S.-based companies...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 4

Mixed Messages: Courts Grapple With Emoticons and Emoji - Emoticon and emoji are ubiquitous in online and mobile communications; according to one study, 74 percent of Americans use emoticons, emoji and similar images...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - June 2016"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine the impact of Brexit on EU data protection, court rulings on cyber insurance policy exclusions and coverage gaps, recent statements from the FTC and the...more

U.S. Government Petitions to Join Data Privacy Litigation Against Facebook in Ireland

On June 13, 2016, the United States government asked the Irish High Court to be joined as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the case brought by the Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems against Facebook attacking the use...more

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