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Communications Networks – update on UK and EU regulatory reviews

In March, Ofcom announced its decision to undertake a strategic review of the telecommunications sector, having not carried out such a review since 2005. In parallel, the EU is currently reviewing regulation within the...more

Russian Government Considering Delaying Data Localization Law

A controversial data localization law in Russia that would require businesses to perform data storage and processing with servers located on Russian soil is set to go into effect on September 1, 2015, after an amendment...more

China Proposes Draft Privacy Legislation with Significant Potential Implications

On July 6, 2015, China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), circulated for comment two pieces of draft legislation with significant potential implications for data privacy and data security in China. Comments...more

A significant milestone in the path towards the adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation

On 15 June 2015, the Ministers of the Council of the European Union (the "Council") agreed upon a global approach to the European Commission's proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the...more

Cyber risk: Why cyber security is important - We live in an increasingly networked world, from personal banking to government...

Cyber risk is now firmly at the top of the international agenda as high-profile breaches raise fears that hack attacks and other security failures could endanger the global economy. The Global Risks 2015 report,...more

Guiding Opinions to Promote Healthy and Rapid Development of Cross-Border E-Commerce

The Chinese e-commerce industry is rapidly expanding, and the nation is the world’s second largest online retail market. The business-to-consumer industry in particular is expected to see record growth in the next few years....more

The EU’s S-L-O-W March Towards a Uniform Data Protection Regime

The European Union (EU), comprised of 28 member states, currently has a patchwork of privacy and data protection laws, based on the EU’s 1995 Data Protection Directive. This mix of laws has led to inconsistent data...more

EU Data Privacy Updates

A brief rundown of developments in recent weeks in the area of EU data protection law: - EU Data Protection Regulation - On Monday, June 15, the EU Council (comprised, for purposes of data protection reform, of...more

European Union Reaches Agreement Regarding New Data Protection Law

On June 15, the 28 governments of the European Union agreed to a draft Data Protection Regulation that would establish tighter privacy provisions for users of online services – including those provided by U.S. tech companies...more

EU Council Agrees Draft Data Protection Regulation

On 15 June 2015 the EU Council of Ministers (Council) reached a General Approach to the long-awaited draft Data Protection Regulation (DPR), bringing Europe one step closer to a single, harmonised set of data protection rules...more

CNIL Announces Inspection Program—Focus Will Be on BCR Compliance and Treatment of Psychosocial Data, Among Others

The mission of the French data protection authority—the Commission Nationale Informatique et Libertés (CNIL)—is “to protect personal data, support innovation, [and] preserve individual liberties.” In addition to its...more

Belgian Data Protection Authority Sues Facebook Over Privacy Breaches

As already stated in a previous blog post, on May 13, 2015, the Belgian Data Protection Authority issued a recommendation in which it expressed its concern about Facebook tracking users, non-users and logged-out users without...more

EFSA Issues Call for Data on the Health and Environmental Effects of Neonicotinoid Pesticides

On May 22, 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a call for new scientific information relevant to the evaluation of the risk to bees in the European Union (EU) from the use of the three neonicotinoid...more

Oral Argument Scheduled in Microsoft Foreign Data Demand Appeal

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled oral argument for September 9, 2015 on Microsoft’s appeal of a district court opinion upholding the validity of the U.S. government’s search warrant for customer data stored...more

Substantially Increased Sanctioning Powers of the Dutch Data Protection Authority

A newly passed bill in the Netherlands has increased the fining power of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) to up to EUR 810,000 or 10 percent of an organization’s annual worldwide turnover. On May 27, 2015, the...more

EU Reaches Milestone Towards the Adoption of Revised Data Protection Framework

On June 15, 2015, the Ministers of Justice of all 28 European Union member states, sitting as the Council of the EU (Council), reached a crucial agreement for the future EU data protection legal framework. Much work still...more

EU Data Protection Regulation

On 15 June 2015 the European Council published its final proposed text for the new General Data Protection Regulation. The Regulation is being adopted to provide legal certainty and transparency for businesses and to provide...more

The Internet of Things: EU vs US guidance

In its February 2015 Report on the Internet of Things (IoT), the FTC estimated that there are now 25 billion connected devices worldwide. Another more conservative report by Gartner estimates there will be 2.9 billion...more

Outsourcing by Canadian Companies after the USA PATRIOT Act

Wondering about outsourcing your data to the U.S.? What follows is an update to one of our most popular posts: Outsourcing by Canadian Companies: Another Look at the USA PATRIOT Act, originally written in January 2013....more

The General Data Protection Regulation - Where Are We Now?

To become law, the proposed text will need to be adopted jointly by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers (i.e. ‘ordinary legislative procedure’). In March 2014, the European Parliament voted in plenary and...more

EU Consumer Rights Directive is in effect: 9 highlights for distance selling

E-commerce is the fastest growing retail market in Europe. Compound annual growth is currently running at around 12 percent per annum, predicted to result in an online retail market worth €233.9 billion (approximately US$262...more

On the Death of Purpose Limitation

The latest Council version of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides that personal data may be further processed by the same data controller even if the further purpose is incompatible with the...more

French Data Protection Authority Unveils Its Inspection Program for 2015

On May 25, 2015, the French data protection authority (CNIL) published its annual inspection program for 2015, unveiling its objectives and priorities for the year. This alert highlights the main priorities of the CNIL for...more

"European Commission Launches Antitrust Sector Inquiry Into E-Commerce"

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission (Commission) launched an antitrust sector inquiry into the e-commerce sector. This sector inquiry is part of the Commission’s broader Digital Single Market Strategy, which aims inter...more

Federal Trade Commission Targets Organizations with Expired U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Certifications

Organizations in the United States that certify to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework to transfer and receive personal data about residents of the European Union must annually reaffirm to the U.S. Department of Commerce that...more

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