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The European Union is an economic and political partnership comprised of 27 nations within the Eurozone. The EU was established in 1948 to promote stability and cooperation among member states in the aftermath of WWII. The EU maintains a common currency as well as several intranational institutions, including the European Parliament and the European Commission. less -
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The 37th International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners – Some Observations

The annual conference of the world’s data protection regulators is a three day exercise, with half of the conference being “closed door” for the regulators only, and the other half being a series of side meetings and...more

Privacy Law, Cross-Border Data Flows, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: What Counsel Need to Know

Privacy law has become such a hot-button issue that it now finds its way into multilateral trade treaties like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP or Agreement). On November 5, 2015, the U.S. Trade Representative...more

EU Data Protection Ethics Advisory Board to be Established because “adherence to the law is not enough”, says EDPS

Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”), has announced plans to set up a new European Ethics Advisory Board to address the technological challenges of the 21st century in a world where there are...more

Agreement “In Principle” On New US-EU Safe Harbor Pact

The European Union announced on October 26, 2015, that it had reached an agreement “in principle” with the United States on a new transatlantic data-sharing pact—though a final agreement between the parties is likely still...more

European Commissioner Seeks Higher Data Protection under Revised U.S. Safe Harbour

An exchange of views between the European Parliament and Mrs. Vera Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, revealed ongoing negotiations between the Commission and the U.S. Department of...more

Judicial Redress Act Passes House; May Aid New U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor

On October 20, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Judicial Redress Act (the “Act”) to allow European Union residents to challenge certain privacy violations by the U.S. government in U.S. courts. If passed by the...more

UPDATE: Is Safe Harbor Still Safe? The European Court of Justice Answers with a Resounding “No”

On September 28, 2015, we released a client alert noting that European Commission Decision 2000/520, known as the “Safe Harbor” for U.S. companies handling the private data of EU citizens, was under attack in the advisory...more

DIFC in Dubai Says Transfer to US Cannot Rely on Safe Harbor

On October 26, 2015, Raja Al Mazrouei, the Commissioner for Data Protection for the Dubai International Financial Centre (the DIFC), issued guidance on the adequacy of US Safe Harbor for the purpose of exporting personal data...more

European Union and United States Agree in Principle on New Safe Harbor Framework

On Monday, October 26, European Union Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová delivered a speech before the European Parliament in which she noted that the European Union and the United States had agreed “in principle” on a new...more

German Data Protection Authorities: Hope for Model Contracts?

An early Position Paper of the German data protection authority of Schleswig-Holstein on the Schrems Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) gave little hope for practical alternatives to Safe Harbor. On...more

Safe Harbor Update: House Votes to Pass Judicial Redress Act

The Judicial Redress Act of 2015 (H.R. 1428) (Judicial Redress Act) is on its way to the U.S. Senate. On October 20th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of passage. The Judicial Redress Act extends...more

More Dominos Fall on the Data Protection Table

As all of our readers know by now, as of October 6, the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework is no more. Safe Harbor was the mechanism on which thousands of US companies (and thousands of companies based in the European Union)...more

U.S. Congress passes the Judicial Redress Act, but does it provide effective redress?

In an uncharacteristically swift move, the United States Congress passed the Judicial Redress Act (“Act”) on 20 October 2015. The Act proposes to extend safeguards implemented under the Privacy Act 1974, and, if brought into...more

EU Expands Reach of National Data Protection Regulators

The central European countries of Slovakia and Hungary are divided by a common 420-mile-long border. But that dividing line, and other European national borders, may now be a little more blurred due to a key ruling by the...more

The FTC’s Broad Authority and FTC v. Wyndham: Thinking about the Future of Data Privacy Regulations

What makes data privacy law interesting for academics, challenging for lawyers, and frustrating for businesses its shape-shifting structure in the face of rapidly changing technology. The recent change in the invalidation of...more

Alphabet Soup and Data Security

In the span of two days, mobile device users learned of two data breaches that could compromise their personal data. In one, Experian (a credit reporting agency) reported that it was hacked, potentially putting 15 million...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: October 2015

It’s Friday and time for our latest overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes notice of several new lawsuits regarding human rights concerns...more

Study Reveals Privacy Gaps in EU Data Protection Regulation

Data privacy in the European Union is a hot topic at the moment. In addition to the recent ruling regarding the “Safe Harbor Ruling” affecting data transferred between the EU and the US, a study was recently published...more

The U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework Is Invalid: Now What?

A confluence of events has tested the strength of the Safe Harbor Framework and for now, it is no longer a port in the storm. Most recently, on October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) invalidated...more

[Webinar] The CJEU Safe Harbor Decision: Keep Calm but Protect Your Business - Oct. 14th, 11:00 am EDT

The recent decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) invalidating the Safe Harbor framework for transfers of personal data from the EU to the US has caused tremendous concern among businesses. Join lawyers...more

Litigation Alert: The CJEU's Decision on Safe Harbor and its Effects on US Technology Companies

The CJEU’s Decision on Safe Harbor and its Effects on US Technology Companies - On October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), the European Union’s highest court, issued a groundbreaking...more

EU Court Rejects “Safe Harbor” Agreement Permitting Customer Data Transfers to U.S.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has struck down the 15-year-old “Safe Harbor” agreement that permitted companies operating in Europe to transmit personal user data to the United States, as long as the U.S. ensures an...more

European Court of Justice Invalidates E.U. – U.S. Safe Harbor Framework

On October 6, 2015, the European Union’s Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) invalidated the E.U. – U.S. Safe Harbor Framework (the “Safe Harbor”) — a data transfer arrangement upon which thousands of U.S. based companies have...more

European Court of Justice Strikes Down Safe Harbor

In a momentous judgment, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) today invalidated the European Commission’s decision establishing the E.U.-US Safe Harbor for transfers of personal data (“Safe Harbor Decision”). The ruling was...more

US–EU Safe Harbor – Struck Down!

1. CJEU finds Safe Harbor Invalid - In a landmark ruling delivered today, Europe's highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared that the EU Commission's US - EU Safe Harbour regime is...more

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