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Swiss-US Privacy Shield Will Replace Swiss-US Data Protection Safe Harbor

On January 11, 2017, the Swiss Federal Council announced that a new framework will govern the transfer of personal data from Switzerland to the US. According to the Federal Council, the Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework...more

Privacy Certifications and Trustbrands In the EU: A Comparison of US Law, EU Law, and Soon-To-Be EU Law

In the United States, privacy certifications, or “trustbrands,” are seals licensed by organizations to place on their homepage or within their privacy policy. The seals typically state, or imply, that the organization has...more

"New French Anti-Corruption Legal Framework"

A new French law titled “Transparency, the Fight Against Corruption and Modernization of the Economy,” which was published in the French Official Journal on December 10, 2016 (known as Sapin II, as it was named after the...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Assessing The New Regime

Businesses have now had four months to get to grips with the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield for transatlantic data transfers after it came into force in August 2016. As the New Year looms, what are the emerging trends we have...more

GDPR Guidance: DPOs, Data Portability & the One-Stop-Shop

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) – the group that represents the data protection authorities of all EU Member States – has published guidance and FAQs on a number of issues under the General Data Protection Regulation...more

Toys Not Immune from Scrutiny Over Privacy and Security Weaknesses

In the wake of the holiday season, it seems that even toys are not immune from privacy and security pitfalls. Two “connected” toys, Genesis Toys’ My Friend Cayla and i-Que robot, have been accused of violating U.S. and...more

Six Months In, Privacy Shield Is Battered But Holding: Three Notable Developments in U.S-E.U. Data Transfers

The United States has traditionally taken a libertarian approach to data privacy: “what is not forbidden is permitted.” Outside sensitive sectors such as health (HIPAA) and finance (GLBA), the United States was historically...more

European DPAs Issue First GDPR Guidance

On Friday, the Article 29 Working Party issued official guidance relating to the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. The Article 29 Working Party is comprised of representatives of the various EU Member States’ data...more

International Employers in Scope of the GDPR: Are You Ready?

The GDPR harmonizes data protection laws across the EU and updates the current 20-year-old regime to take account of globalization and the ever-changing technology landscape. It will apply not only to EU companies, but to...more

France Adopts New Regime for Privacy Class Actions

A few weeks ago, France passed the Digital Republic Act which significantly enhances French citizens’ rights to privacy by offering new avenues to exercise rights and granting new powers to the French data protection...more

Further Challenges to EU-US Privacy Shield and EU Data Exports

The EU-US Privacy Shield, introduced earlier this year to provide a lawful means of transferring personal data from the EU to the US, is facing a second legal challenge, this time from several French privacy rights groups....more

Connected or Automated Vehicles: The European Commission Presents its Strategy for Europe

On 30 November 2016 the European Commission (“Commission” or “EC”) presented its Communication on connected cars for Europe, under the more formal denomination “A European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems...more

The Digital Download - Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Newsletter – November 2016

Updates on the EU: German DPA Publishes First Privacy Shield Guidelines, Requires German-Law Contracts for Transfers. On June 7, 2016, the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. One question that many...more

Four Points And A Stick: What You Can Do Right Now to Prepare for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation

It's coming. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on May 25, 2018. If your business involves processing EU citizen data, you will be subject to GDPR – even if your sole location...more

“Sorry, Santa, the Kids’ Data Is Stuck In Russia!” ~ Plus LinkedIn Not Feeling the Love from Russia

LinkedIn has become the first major company to have access to its website in Russia blocked by the Russian Data Protection Authority, Roskomnadzor, following earlier Moscow Court decisions on 4 August and 10...more

EU Releases Amendments to Model Clause and Country-Whitelisting Decisions – with Good News for Companies

Most privacy professionals are familiar with the European Court of Justice’s 2015 Schrems decision, which struck down the US-EU Safe Harbor mechanism. One lesser-discussed aspect of the ECJ’s decision related to the powers...more

Data Protection Authorities Gather for the 38th International Privacy Conference

Data Protection Authorities (“DPAs”) from across the world gathered in Marrakesh for the 38th International Privacy Conference. This event is held annually for the purpose of debating topical data protection issues. The...more

Article 29 Working Party Issues Results of GDPR Fablab Workshop

Ahead of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Article 29 Working Party earlier this year organised the Fablab workshop. Meeting in Brussels, more than 90 participants gathered to discuss certain...more

Is it Legal to Transfer Personal Data from the European Union to the United States?

Human Resources professionals have one more item to add to their compliance checklist – ensuring the lawful transfer of employee, consumer or customer personal data from the European Union (“EU”) to the United States....more

EU Privacy Regulators Issue Letters To Yahoo And WhatsApp

In late October 2016, European Union (“EU”) data protection authorities issued letters to Yahoo and WhatsApp related to alleged privacy incidents involving those companies. The letters were issued by a collective of EU data...more

German Data Protection Authorities announce coordinated audit of international data transfers of 500 companies

According to a press release of the Bavarian Data Protection Authority dated 3 November 2016 (“Press Release”), 10 German Data Protection Authorities (“DPAs”) have commenced a coordinated written audit and assessment of...more

A Month in UK Employment Law - November 2016

Taxation of termination payments draft legislation published - At present, in certain circumstances the first £30,000 of a termination payment is exempt from income tax and national insurance ("NIC"). However, there have...more

German DPAs to Survey Transfers in 500 Companies – with English Translation of DPA Questionnaire

Late last week, 10 of Germany’s 17 Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) announced they are planning to send written questionnaires to approximately 500 different companies regarding international data transfers. The following...more

Irish Data Protection Commissioner Welcomes Increases in Budget in Preparation for the GDPR Enforcement

As the companies doing business in Europe are trying to get their arms around the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), but so far not making substantial headway, the European Data Protection...more

10 German Data Privacy Supervisory Authorities Investigating Potential Unlawful International Data Transfers

According to a press release of the Data Protection Supervisory Authority in the Land Mecklenburg Vorpommern of November 3, German supervisory authorities have randomly selected 500 companies in Germany and sent them requests...more

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