European Union Data Protection

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... more +
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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Article 29 WP response to “Privacy Shield”

The Article 29 Working Party (WP 29) published their initial response to the new Privacy Shield yesterday. Here’s the good news: Here’s another interesting development: Next Steps The Commission now has to deliver on the...more

US and EU “Privacy Shield” Framework for Cross-Border Data Transfers Submitted to Article 29 Working Party Today

On the same day that groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early Spring, the EU College of Commissioners brought some sunshine of its own, announcing yesterday that it has reached an agreement with the U.S. on transfers of...more

New EU-US Privacy Shield

On February 2, two days after the deadline set by Europe for agreement on a new Safe Harbor governing US access to the personal data of European citizens, US and EU negotiators announced that they had agreed upon a framework...more

Safe Harbor Part Deux: The Privacy Shield

This week began like many. An arbitrary deadline came and went – this one, January 31, 2016, was set by the Article 29 Working Party for European and United States regulators to address the void created by the invalidation of...more

EU Privacy Regulators: Newly Announced "Privacy Shield" Not A Safe Harbor Yet

In response to the February 2, 2016, announcement by the European Commission (the "Commission") and the U.S. Commerce Department of a new framework, called the "Privacy Shield," to replace the invalidated U.S.-European Union...more

Litigation Alert: From a Safe Harbor to a Privacy Shield

The October 6, 2015, decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Schrems v. Facebook case left significant uncertainty surrounding the legality and practicality of U.S. technology companies’ ability to...more

Safe Harbor 2.0: How the EU-U.S. "Privacy Shield" Could Impact Your Global Operations

The U.S. and European Union (EU) reached an agreement regarding international data transfers, shortly after the deadline set by both parties. The parties had been in negotiations since the Court of Justice of the European...more

U.S. and European Officials Fail to Reach Agreement for New Data Transfer Deal

American and European officials failed to meet the January 31st deadline for a new agreement on the transfer of data between the United States and Europe, disappointing hopes that the two sides would broker a deal to replace...more

EU-U.S. Reach Deal on Safe Harbor 2.0 - Pact Creates New Data Transfer Framework

After months of uncertainty triggered by the now infamous Schrems decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the EU Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce have reached an agreement with respect to the transfer...more

Sanity Prevails? The Framework for the New EU – U.S. Privacy Shield

On February 2, 2016, the European Commission announced a last-minute “political agreement” with the United States concerning a new privacy framework for transatlantic data transfers. The accord, called the “EU-U.S. Privacy...more

The New EU-US Privacy Shield: Safe Harbor 2.0

Two days after the expiration of the informal deadline to replace the Safe Harbor Framework invalidated by the Court of Justice of the European Union in October 2015, the EU and US have come to terms on a new framework—the...more

Safe Harbor 2.0: Political Agreement Reached – The EU-US Privacy Shield

The European Commission has announced that it has reached a deal to replace the EU-US Safe Harbor framework that was declared invalid last year by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”). Heralded as the EU-US...more

EU and US Beat the Clock With Their Announcement of the "Privacy Shield" a/k/a Safe Harbor 2.0

In a long-awaited and much-anticipated announcement, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission (the “Commission”) declared on February 2, 2016, that they had struck a deal on a new cross-border data transfer...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - Historic New 'Privacy Shield' Agreement to Replace EU-US Safe Harbor"

Two days after the original January 31 deadline, the European Union and United States have announced a replacement for the Safe Harbor agreement — the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield — which, if approved, will provide a new framework...more

EU Commission and United States Agree on New “Privacy Shield” for Trans-Atlantic Data Flow

U.S. and European Commission officials announced on Tuesday that they have reached an agreement in principle on a new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield to permit the flow of data between Europe and the United States. The new deal...more

Data Protection, Privacy and Security Alert: Long-awaited Turkish Data Protection Law Draws Nearer

With the opening of a new chapter in relations between Turkey and the European Union, Turkey has been expediting several legislative steps which are part of the conditions for its accession into the EU. Enacting a specific...more

Encouraging news for cross-border internet retailers (and shoppers) in the EU

The European Commission (the "Commission") has been investigating the European-wide parcel delivery industry for some time. With online retail becoming an increasingly important avenue for both consumers and retailers, the...more

European Union’s new general data protection regulation

Big changes are underway in the world of data protection within the European Union. At the end of December, the European Commission approved the final version of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)....more

2016: A Turning Point For Personal Data Protection

In 2015, a number of high-profile media and political events and several legal cases raised questions about personal data protection in the European Union. 2016 looks to be a pivotal year for reforms in personal data...more

The Digital Download - Privacy & Data Security Monthly Newsletter - January 2016

Senior Counsel Peter Swire to Debate European Privacy Activist Max Schrems. The debate, set to take place on January 26 in Brussels, will highlight key differences between certain European and U.S. attitudes towards U.S....more

Luxembourg Presidency agrees Data Protection Package

The Luxembourg Presidency has reached an informal agreement with EP on a Data Protection Package to set out new European rules on privacy. ...more

A Primer on the GDPR: What You Need to Know

Now that it’s been approved by the EU Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR” or the “Regulation”) is well on its way to replacing the 20-year-old Data Protection...more

New EU Data Protection and Cybersecurity Laws Finalised

The General Data Protection Regulation places new obligations on businesses to protect personal data with high financial penalties for noncompliance. The European Commission has confirmed that the new General Data...more

EU Reaches Agreement on Significant New Privacy Law

Following almost four years of debate, on December 15 the European Commission, the Parliament, and the Council agreed on the text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This agreement was quickly followed by the...more

Safe Harbor fallout: where are we now?

As we all know, the EU decided to invalidate Safe Harbor on 6 October 2015.  Please see our Insight article and blog post for a quick recap.  But what has happened since? Article 29 WP Guidance The most significant guidance...more

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