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Binding Corporate Rules

Processor BCRs Under the GDPR: Realizing the Potential

by Alston & Bird on

Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) are an intracompany code of conduct that regulates the principles and rules that apply to the processing and transfer of personal data within a company group, including cross-border. BCRs were...more

No, A Little Noticed Executive Order Did Not Kill Privacy Shield

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

We have previously noted that the the U.S.-E.U. Privacy Shield data transfer may not be dead, but it is ailing. These concerns have been exacerbated by a January 25, 2017 presidential Executive Order (EO) “Enhancing Public...more

The Swiss Privacy Shield Opens for Business on April 12

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Beginning on April 12, 2017, U.S. organizations that are subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the FTC or the Department of Transportation will be able to self-certify to the newly adopted Swiss–U.S. Privacy...more

EU Binding Corporate Rules For Transferring Data: A Comparison of US Law, EU Law, and Soon-To-Be EU Law

by Bryan Cave on

In the United States companies are permitted to transfer personal information – including sensitive personal information – as needed between their offices, locations, and corporate affiliates. For example there are no...more

Germany to audit 500 companies on data transfers

by Dentons on

The German data protection authorities have announced today that they have chosen 500 companies throughout Germany to audit their transfer of personal data to the US and other countries (eg. India). The targets were chosen...more

The Privacy Shield: September 30, 2016, Deadline for Early Self-Certification Offers Compliance Opportunity and Risk

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The European Commission recently determined that the Privacy Shield Framework is adequate to legitimize data transfers under EU law, providing a replacement for the Safe Harbor program. The Privacy Shield is designed to...more

The EU’s Data Transfer “Privacy Shield”—Full Body Armor or a Candle in the Wind?

With the August 1st start of the Privacy Shield, the European Commission’s new and long-awaited transatlantic data transfer agreement with the U.S., businesses that had previously relied on the invalidated Safe Harbor scheme...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 13:...

by White & Case LLP on

Why does this topic matter to organisations? In today's world, it is increasingly important to be able to move data freely to wherever those data are needed. However, the transfer of personal data to recipients outside...more

“Battle-ready” Privacy Shield gets muted welcome from EU data protection authorities

by Reed Smith on

On 26 July, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (WP29) released a statement outlining its opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, which was adopted by the European Commission earlier this month. After praising the...more

Article 29 Working Party on the EU-US Privacy Shield: A Number of Concerns Remain But Let’s See How It Works

Article 29 Working Party on the EU-US Privacy Shield: The EU’s Article 29 Working Party analyzed the final version of the Privacy Shield and issued a statement on July 26, 2016. What does this mean?...more

Privacy Shield: The National Data Protection Authorities Hold Fire

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) has released a brief updated statement on the final form of the Privacy Shield adequacy decision and supporting annexes. WP29 is an important advisory group made up of representatives of...more

A Side-By-Side Comparison of “Privacy Shield” and the Controller-Controller Model Clauses: The Easiest Way to Understand What...

by Bryan Cave on

The EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (the “Directive”) creates the legal framework for the national data-protection laws in each EU member state. The Directive states that personal data may only be transferred to...more

Shield, Sword or Plough Ahead? Approval of New EU Privacy Shield Forces a Decision

by McCarter & English, LLP on

When the European Court of Justice first invalidated the Safe Harbor we recommended here that, for most companies, staying the course by implementing general data security best practices was probably the right thing to do...more

Self-Certification Under EU-U.S. Privacy Shield to Commence from August 2016

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Following the formal approval of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield by the European Commission on 8 July 2016, the arrangement will come into force in the U.S. commencing 1 August 2016 and will provide a convenient framework to allow...more

U.S., EU Launch "Privacy Shield" Data Transfer Framework, Certification to Begin August 1

U.S. organizations that collect, receive, handle, or process EU citizens' personal data are generally subject to EU privacy and data protection laws. With the loss of the "Safe Harbor" data transfer framework in October...more

Adoption of Privacy Shield Gives U.S. Businesses Greater Clarity On Data Transfers From Europe

by Williams Mullen on

The European Commission (EC) announced that it has adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) effective July 12, 2016, which replaces the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework (“Safe Harbor”). The adoption of Privacy Shield...more

Privacy Shield Adopted, But Uncertainty Remains

On July 12, 2016, the European Commission adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield, a framework designed to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor program. In theory, the Privacy Shield offers its adherents a relatively simple,...more

Privacy Shield Approved

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 8, 2016, the Article 31 Committee, comprised of representatives of the European Union (EU) member states, voted to approve a revised Privacy Shield framework that is intended to replace the Safe Harbor framework...more

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Is Adopted and Available as of August 1, 2016

On July 12, 2016, the EU Commission and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced the adoption of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield). This announcement follows today's adequacy decision by the College of EU...more

BREXIT – What does this mean for UK Data Protection law?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

As the whole world now knows, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) in its historic referendum on 23rd June by a vote of 51.9 percent in favour of “leave” to 48.1 in favour of “remain”. This blog focusses on how that...more

Brexit: Potential Implications for Privacy

As a result of the June 23, 2016 historic referendum, the United Kingdom will be leaving the EU. The decision will have a profound effect on many areas, including the global economy, trade, immigration and, potentially, the...more

Just When You Thought it was Safe to Go Back in the Water: Brexit Creates Additional Uncertainty in Trans-Atlantic Privacy...

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In October 2015, the European Court of Justice invalidated the US-EU Safe Harbor Program in the landmark Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner decision. The Safe Harbor was a 15-year old program that had allowed American...more

German Data Protection Authority Issues Fines for Unlawful Cross-Atlantic Data Transfers

by BakerHostetler on

The Data Protection Authority of Hamburg, Germany has made good on its promise to audit cross-Atlantic data transfers in the wake of the October 2015 Safe Harbor decision. On June 6, the Hamburg DPA announced that it had...more

New threats to transatlantic data flows as Model Clauses come under fire

by White & Case LLP on

The transfer of personal data from the EU to the US is continuing to come under attack in the EU, with Model Clauses now in the regulatory crosshairs. Consequently, organisations that do business on both sides of the Atlantic...more

Data Transfer Without Safe Harbors

European privacy law is a bold new world for U.S. businesses doing business in Europe. An October Court of Justice ruling struck down the Safe Harbor arrangement which had governed E.U.-U.S. data transfer transactions for...more

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