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Digital Divide Deepens: Tech Community Backs Second Circuit in Clash with Magistrates over Reach of U.S. Warrants

The technology community took aim at a recent federal magistrate’s ruling that ordered Google Inc. to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored on servers abroad, calling the decision “an impermissible...more

EU Commissioner - President Trump Set To Discuss Future Of Privacy Shield Accord

European Union (“EU”) Commissioner Vera Jourová will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump this month to discuss the future of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) accord which imposes obligations on U.S. companies...more

How the General Data Protection Regulation Will Apply to and Affect the UK

The GDPR will apply to the UK when it is effective on May 25, 2018, but the government will need to adopt domestic data privacy legislation upon the UK’s pending exit from the EU....more

France: Employees and Digital Devices Outside Working Hours, European Labour & Employment Update

New rules have come into force concerning employees' rights to disconnect from digital devices outside normal working time. From 1 January 2017, all relevant employers must negotiate on the employees' right to have periods...more

Subject Access Requests: "not an obligation to leave no stone unturned"

The English Court of Appeal has ruled in two recent cases that subject access requests are generally valid, and businesses must comply with such requests, even if they are made for collateral purposes, such as collecting...more

UK Privacy Regulator Addresses Data Protection Under The GDPR

On Monday, March 6, 2017, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) held its annual Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference. During the conference, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, who was appointed to...more

The ECJ Rules on the Compatibility with EU Law of Domestic Data Retention Requirements Imposed on Providers of Electronic...

After its invalidation of the data retention requirements imposed by Directive 2006/24/EC in its Digital Rights Ireland decision dated 8 April 2014, the ECJ was requested to assess the compatibility with the Directive...more

Data Breach 101, Part I: Data Breach Notification Laws

In 2017, there are few words that make companies – and their counsel – shudder more than “data breach.” Recent high-profile breaches and the resulting litigation have shown that breaches can be embarrassing, harmful to a...more

Tech Rally – Industry Giants Back Google's Play to Protect Data

On March 10, 2017, Google Inc. filed its objection to a Pennsylvania magistrate judge's order to comply with search warrants and turn over personal user data partially stored on foreign servers abroad. A number of technology...more

United Kingdom Privacy Office Issues Guidance on Consent Under GDPR

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect in May 2018, will require companies to reassess their mechanisms for obtaining, tracking, and verifying individuals' consent. Companies will need clear and...more

Court Confirms Right to Be Forgotten Is Not Absolute

It has been less than three years since the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decided that people have the right to have incorrect information about them removed from online search engine results. However, this...more

ICO Seeks Extra Resources for GDPR Enforcement

On March 13, 2017, Elizabeth Denham, head of the UK data protection authority (“ICO”) publicly expressed her intention to massively recruit new personnel in an effort to be ready for the European (“EU”) general data...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 13

On December 28, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services ("DFS") released a revised version of a proposed regulation that would require banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions...more

Italy Imposes Record Data Protection Fines

On March 10, Italy’s data protection authority, Il Garante per la protezione dei dati personali (the “Garante”), announced that it had ordered fines totaling more than €11 million on five companies operating in the money...more

Coalition of Human Rights Organisations Call for Suspension of Privacy Shield

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield has come under scrutiny once again after 17 civil society organisations (the Coalition) sent a letter to the European Commissioner for Justice and Consumers. The 28 February 2017 letter...more

China’s New Cyber Security Law Goes into Effect June 1, 2017

China’s new cyber security law (Law) could have far-reaching impacts for companies that do business there. The Law goes into effect on June 1, 2017. As is typical of legislation passed by the Standing Committee of the...more

Blockchain - a revolution for the insurance sector with some risks

Blockchain is “the most important invention since the Internet itself” according to Marc Andreessen. And there is no doubt that there are huge potentials for the insurance sector to exploit such technology, but as any new...more

The Validity of EU-U.S. Personal Data Export Tools: A Pending Issue

Between the cancellation of the Safe Harbor by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the adoption of the Privacy Shield, a number of data exporters have relied on the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) as the...more

Health Company Fined by UK’s Information Commissioner Office

Last week, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published a monetary penalty notice which fined a private healthcare company, HCA International, £200,000 for its failure to keep sensitive data secure....more

EU Data Protection Authorities Approve Google’s Cloud Commitments for International Data Transfers

Google has announced that the EU data protection authorities have reviewed and confirmed its Google Cloud services’ contractual commitments as fully compliant with the EU requirements for transferring personal data to third...more

UK Launches Public Consultation on GDPR Consent Guidance

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018, replacing UK’s Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). It is yet unclear how Brexit will play out, yet in the meantime the United Kingdom is moving to...more

CNIL Launches Second Round of Public Consultation on GDPR

Last week, the French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL”) launched the second round of a public consultation on the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The first public consultation was launched in June 2016 and...more

It’s Not Too Early! ICO Guidance Regarding Consent Under GDPR

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) goes into effect in a little over fourteen months and from a quick glance at our bullet points analysis you can see there is a lot to consider. One crucial...more

The EU’s New Data Protection Regulation – Are Your Cybersecurity and Data Protection Measures up to Scratch?

In the context of increasing cyber-attacks on major corporate organisations, small businesses and government, data protection and cybersecurity is a hot topic. Added to this, the GDPR—a strict new regulatory regime in...more

UK Government Publishes Digital Strategy to Create and Support a Secure and Thriving Data Economy

On 1 March 2017, the UK government published its Digital Strategy (“Strategy”) for a “world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.”. The Strategy contains a number of statements that bring some certainty to the...more

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