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China's New Cybersecurity Law Brings Enforcement Crackdown

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Earlier this year, the People's Republic of China enacted its Cybersecurity Law, which granted authorities broad, explicit powers to monitor and investigate activities falling under its purview, along with the...more

New Consultations for the Interpretation of the GDPR Initiated by French Data Protection Authority on the Concepts of...

by K&L Gates LLP on

In June 2017, the Article 29 Working Party – the gathering the all Member States’ Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) – announced that the five last guidelines to be adopted as companion pieces to the General Data Protection...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 6 October 2017 – 12 October 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

BREXIT - Uncorrected evidence relating to Brexit from House of Lords Select Committee on European Union - On 12 October, the HoL Select Committee on the EU published an uncorrected transcript of oral evidence taken from...more

What's at Stake in the Latest Landmark EU International Data Privacy Case?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The long-running legal challenge on the validity of transfers of personal data from the European Union reached another milestone last week. On October 3, the Irish High Court referred questions on the validity of EU Standard...more

Irish Court Casts Serious Doubt on EU Model Clauses

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The validity of Model Clauses for EU personal data transfer to the United States is now in real doubt as a result of a new Irish High Court opinion stating that there are “well founded grounds” to find the Model Clauses...more

Validity of personal data export mechanism thrown into question

by Dechert LLP on

The Irish High Court recently asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to rule on the validity of “standard contractual clauses” as a basis for transferring personal data out of the European Economic Area...more

China Issues Second Draft of Cross-Border Data Transfer Guidelines

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

China has issued its second draft of cross-border data transfer guidelines for public comments, as one of a series of the implementation rules for the Cybersecurity Law of China. The “Information Security...more

Schrems Redux: What's the Future for Transatlantic Data Transfers?

by Bryan Cave on

What Now? With its decision on Tuesday 3 October 2017 referring a preliminary question on the validity of the European Union’s “standard contractual clauses” (“SCC”) regime to the Court of Justice of the European Union...more

U.S. Treasury Warns Financial Institutions of Venezuelan Corruption and Money Laundering

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued an advisory on September 20 warning U.S. financial institutions of “money laundering schemes used by corrupt Venezuelan...more

Justice Department Accuses Google of “Alarming” Tactics in Fight over SCA Search Warrant

The ongoing dispute between the government and Google concerning the company’s refusal to hand over customer data stored on foreign servers has taken an odd twist. Now, the Justice Department is demanding that Google be...more

When 2017 Becomes 1984: Facial Recognition Technologies - Face a Growing Legal Landscape

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Recently, Stanford University professor and researcher Michal Kosinski caused a stir of epic proportions and conjured up visions of George Orwell’s 1984 in the artificial intelligence (AI) community. Kosinski posited that...more

Customer Data Collection: GDPR Changes Everything.

by Ifrah PLLC on

Beginning on May 25, 2018, companies which process the personal data of European Union residents will be expected to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. Even companies located in the United States...more

Managing Workforce Cyber Risk in a Global Landscape: A Legal Review

by Hogan Lovells on

Whether malicious or inadvertent, workforce actions cause or contribute to a high percentage of the cyber attacks experienced by organizations. Protecting against such "insider" cyber risk can be challenging, especially given...more

UK Data Protection Bill Published

by King & Spalding on

On September 13, 2017, the UK Data Protection Bill (the “Bill”) was introduced in the House of Lords. The UK government announced its intention to propose new legislation to update existing UK data protection law (namely the...more

Aviation and Petrochemical Industries Subject to Hacking by Iran

Hackers working on behalf of the Iranian government have been targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and South Korean since 2013, according to a report released by FireEye...more

The Digital Download - Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Newsletter - October 2017

by Alston & Bird on

An English-Language Primer on Germany’s GDPR Implementation Statute. Expanding on his recent article for Bloomberg BNA, Alston & Bird associate Dan Felz offers a multipart primer on Germany’s new GDPR implementation statute....more

Irish High Court Refers Facebook’s Data Case to the European Court of Justice

by Alston & Bird on

In what it considered “an unusual case”, the Irish High Court has referred the issue of the way data is transferred between the EU and countries outside the EU to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”). Ms....more

To Be Cyber Secure – May Not Mean You Are Export Secure

Ensuring that technical data is compliant with both export regulations and cybersecurity requires an understanding of what export controlled technical data/technology relate to and how they work together. The two major export...more

EU Updates on Schrems II and the Privacy Shield

The current challenge to Facebook’s privacy practices in Ireland (“Schrems II”) may be coming to a head. You will recall that in Schrems I, the challenge to Facebook’s privacy practices led to a decision issued by the...more

FTC Wields Shield Against False Participation Claims

In the agency’s first cases enforcing the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled with three companies that falsely claimed they were certified to participate in the...more

Schrems II Judgment Rendered

A 152 page judgment was rendered on October 3, 2017 by the Irish High Court in Schrems II: DPC v Facebook Final. Nor surprisingly, the court decided to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union to make...more

GDPR D-Day: If Not Prepared, It Could Cost You Europe

by Ifrah PLLC on

GDPR D-Day: May 25, 2018. If you are not prepared, the results could cost you Europe. In the U.S., we’ve had a pretty business-friendly approach to consumer data protection. And while federal and state authorities have...more

Irish High Court Asks European Court to Rule on Legality of EU-US Data Transfers

by Reed Smith on

On 3 October 2017, the Irish High Court held that it is up to the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) to determine whether Standard Contractual Clauses (“SCCs”) are a valid method of transferring personal data outside of the EU...more

Time to Update Your Privacy Statement for GDPR

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Although the EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in May 2018, European regulators are still producing guidance and member states are still adopting legislation to accommodate national differences. Put...more

An English-Language Primer on Germany’s GDPR Implementation Statute: Part 3 of 5

by Alston & Bird on

Over the past year, the German government has been working on legislation to implement the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). On July 6, 2017, Germany did so by passing a statute titled the Data Protection...more

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