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Privacy and Data Breach Concerns in Cloud Computing Developments in the EU

by Locke Lord LLP on

Over the last few years Europe has increased its focus on cloud computing, and several organizations, working groups and policies have been set up to encourage its expansion and increased usage at the EU level. For...more

Cloud Computing: A move towards harmonization, or continuation of a tiered service provision?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Regulators in Europe have continued to publish guidance notes designed to encourage the take-up of cloud computing services. As we report in this Alert, the views of the UK financial services regulator on the risks and...more

The European Cloud Initiative: Will Data Protection Requirements Cause Stormy Weather?

by Reed Smith on

The European Commission (EC) recently proposed the European Cloud Initiative (ECI): a plan to create a world-class data infrastructure to store, manage, transport and process data at high speeds. The primary aims are to...more

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

by Alston & Bird on

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

German DPAs Add Further Pressure to EU-US Data Transfers

Yesterday, German federal and state (Länder) data protection authorities ("DPAs") issued a Position Paper following the recent Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") ruling that struck down the EU-US Safe Harbor...more

The European digital single market: where are we now?

by Reed Smith on

It has been a busy few months for the European Commission. When the Commission announced its plans for the digital single market (DSM) on 6 May, many commentators and stakeholders felt that it provided more questions than...more

Liability of Online Intermediaries: Consultation Now Open

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this year we outlined the proposals made by the European Commission regarding online intermediaries and their role in tackling illegal content on the internet. If the Commission implements its proposals, this might...more

The Safe Harbor Ruling – FAQs and What Your Business Should Do Now

by Reed Smith on

Overview questions - 1. I’m Safe Harbor certified and have seen news articles reporting that “Safe Harbor is invalid”. What does that mean? On 6 October, the European Court of Justice delivered a judgment which...more

Privacy, Security, Risk: What You Missed At IAPP Conference

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

Earlier this month, privacy and security professionals from around the globe gathered for “Privacy. Security. Risk. 2015”—the second joint conference between the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the...more

EU Top Court Invalidates Safe Harbor; Data Transfer Concerns Arise for EU/US Employers; Learn More About this at Today’s Privacy...

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has now declared Safe Harbor invalid – in total. The ECJ has sent the case back to the Irish Data Protection Authority to determine whether Facebook Ireland’s transfer of...more

EU–US Safe Harbor About to be Struck Down?

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

Thousands of U.S. and European companies who rely on the EU–US Safe Harbor Framework to permit the transfer of personal data from the EU to the U.S., have come a step closer to seeing the transfer mechanism struck down....more

Advocate General Of ECJ Rules EU Data Protection Authorities Can Investigate Complaints About Safe Harbor Programme

by Morgan Lewis on

Data transfers can be suspended until investigation is complete. In Maximillian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (case C-362/14), the Advocate General ruled that EU data protection authorities do have powers to...more

EU Opinion on Safe Harbor published

by Dentons on

The Advocate General has, today, published an Opinion that the US Safe Harbor is invalid. As Safe Harbor is relied on by many companies to permit the transfer of personal data from Europe to the US, today's decision creates...more

The European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy and its impact on your business

by DLA Piper on

The Strategy contains several key actions under three pillars and the Commission will set out to make a number of relevant legislative proposals in this regard. As a first step to implement the Strategy, also on 6 May 2015,...more

Cloud computing contracts – the EU Commission report

by DLA Piper on

Further to the EU Commission communication on “Unleashing the potential of cloud computing in Europe” the Commission adopted a European Cloud Computing Strategy (you can find more information here) which is also based on a...more

EC publishes Standardisation Guidelines for cloud sector

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In November 2012, the European Commission published a Communication on Cloud Computing intended to ‘unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe.’ Twenty months later, the Commission has begun to deliver on its key...more

Managing legal risks arising from cloud computing

by DLA Piper on

On 26 June 2014, the European Commission announced that it had been presented with guidelines on the standardisation of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for cloud computing services. The publication of the guidelines...more

EU Cloud Standardisation Guidelines

In November 2012, we wrote an Alert about the European Commission’s Communication on Cloud Computing intended, it said, to “… unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe”. Sceptics were doubtful that the cloud...more

EU Cloud Standardisation Guidelines

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In November 2012, we wrote an Alert about the European Commission’s Communication on Cloud Computing intended, it said, to “... unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe”. Sceptics were doubtful that the cloud...more

EU: European Commission launches cloud SLA standardisation guidelines

by DLA Piper on

DLA Piper has played a key role in the launch of guidelines issued by the European Commission intended to help businesses save money and get the most out of cloud computing services. The guidelines aim to ensure contracts...more

Spotlight On Belgium: Trends in the Legal Landscape - Issue 2, 2013

by DLA Piper on

We are delighted to present you the second edition of Spotlight on Belgium, DLA Piper Belgium’s quarterly newsletter which aims to inform you about current legal developments that could affect your business. As the...more

Cloud Computing: Plan For Storms

by Dentons on

Originally Published in Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Magazine - Winter 2012. The Promise and the Challenge. Organizations are able to leverage reliable internet connectivity to access quickly scalable...more

EU Proposed Directive on Network and Information Security

by Reed Smith on

On 7 February, the European Commission (EC) published an EU Cyber Security Strategy encompassing a proposed Directive on Network and Information Security (NIS Directive). The aim of the Strategy and NIS Directive is to...more

US Tech Companies May Soon be Required to Report Security Breaches to the EU

by Cohen & Gresser LLP on

U.S. based tech companies that store data on the Internet may soon be required to report the loss or theft of personal information to the E.U. or face sanctions and fines according to legislation being proposed by the...more

A Break in the Clouds - What's Trending in Cloud Computing?

I recently attended the UK Society for Computers and Law's Annual Conference where Cloud Computing was one of the 'IT Law Hot Topics' under discussion. The others, in case you are interested, were Big Data, Apps and Mobile...more

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