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EU Legal Developments That May Impact Your Business in 2017

Sheppard Mullin’s EU team has created a list of major legal shifts that await General Counsel and Compliance Officers in the areas of competition, EU regulatory and trade in 2017. These challenges may have an impact on your...more

Switzerland and the United States Agree Privacy Shield Framework

The governments of Switzerland and the United States finalised the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework on 11 January. The Framework is similar in many respects to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, and replaces the U.S.-Swiss Safe...more

Article 29 Working Party Identifies GDPR Implementation Priorities for 2017

In a press release published on January 16, 2017, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP 29”) has outlined its strategy for 2017 on implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). WP29’s “2017 GDPR Action...more

New EU Guidelines on Data Protection Officers

The EU's Article 29 Working Party has published new Guidelines on the role of Data Protection Officers under the General Data Protection Regulation. Data Protection Officers are seen as a cornerstone of data protection...more

EU Proposes Overhaul to Privacy and Electronic Communications

January 10, 2017 marked another important step towards reform of the EU data protection framework, with the release of the EU Commission’s proposals for a new Regulation governing privacy and electronic...more

Cookies, Directories, Advertising and Personal Data: New EU Rules on Privacy in Electronic Communications

The Digital Single Market Strategy ("DSM Strategy") had, as an objective, to increase trust in and the security of digital services. In that context, the EC proposed a reform of the data protection framework across the EU,...more

A Privacy Shield Replaces a Safe Harbor for the Swiss, Too

US companies with employees or clients in Switzerland will be interested to hear that the new Swiss-US Privacy Shield was approved on 11 January. Although Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, its data...more

Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Finalized

On January 11, U.S. and Swiss authorities announced final agreement on the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The Framework defines standards for handling personal data exported from Switzerland to the U.S. and enables U.S....more

EU Commission Publishes Its Proposals for New e-Privacy Regulation

On 10 January, the EU Commission proposed a new Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (“proposed Regulation”) to replace Directive 2002/58 (known as the “ePrivacy Directive”). The proposed Regulation...more

EU e-Privacy Regulation Raises Stakes for Compliance

The European Commission's proposed e-privacy regulation sets forth obligations on handling electronic communications and clarifies obligations for seeking consent for the use of cookies. Meant to bring the e-privacy directive...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Prohibition on Dealing or Investing in Industrial or Commercial Metals - On January 3, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC") finalized a rule that...more

DSM Watch: European Commission's data package explores data ownership, localization, liability and portability, highlighting...

On January 10, 2017, the European Commission released a Communication, a fact sheet, a working document and a public consultation relating to Europe’s “data economy”. The fact sheet states that “data is a new type of...more

EU Proposed ePrivacy Rules to Extend to all Electronic Communications Providers

On January 10, the European Commission proposed new legislation that would update and supplement current ePrivacy rules and extend their scope to all providers of electronic communication services. The following is a...more

University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and Hogan Lovells Launch a Data Protection Officer Degree

On January 5, 2017 Paris Law School Panthéon-Assas launched its first university degree (diplôme d’université) aimed at training future Data Protection Officers (DPOs) under the new European General Data Protection Regulation...more

New Notice and Consent Rules under Proposed EU e-Privacy Regulation

The European Commission has released its proposal for a new EU e-Privacy Regulation that will replace the existing e-Privacy Directive. The high level aim of the draft e-Privacy Regulation is to harmonise the specific...more

Article 29 Working Party Issues Guidance on Data Portability, DPOs and Lead Supervisory Authorities

As we enter 2017, 2018 doesn’t seem that far away…and with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to come into effect from 25 May 2018, organisations are running out of time to ensure compliance with the new...more

Cyber Alert: 2016 Breach Roundup, Part II: U.S. and EU Data Breach Notification Regulations Highlights and Trends

Frameworks requiring breach notifications of various kinds significantly expanded in scope in 2016 at both the state and federal levels. However, at least in the U.S., some of the new federal requirements may not be in place...more

Key Employment Law Events in 2017 and Beyond

Current indications are that 2017 may be a fairly static year as regards to employment law. Whilst it is anticipated the government will trigger Article 50 to start Brexit negotiations, these are likely to last for at...more

CJEU holds that mass surveillance must not be general and indiscriminate

The CJEU (the European Union Court of Justice) has handed down a decision which makes clear that general and indiscriminate retention of electronic communications is unlawful. National legislation of each European Member...more

Do You Know Where Your Data Is Located? Why Knowing is Half the Battle

Whether you realize it or not, you are probably storing some personal or business data in the cloud. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines cloud computing as a model for enabling ubiquitous,...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

WP29 Releases Extensive Guidance on DPO Obligations; Companies Need to Start Planning Now

Late last week, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) issued detailed guidance on companies’ obligations under three key provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is part one of a three-part Alston &...more

WP29’s Guidance on the Lead Supervisory Authority

Late last week, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) issued detailed guidance on companies’ obligations under three key provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is part three of a three-part Alston...more

Background Screeners, DPOs and Transfers of Data from the EU to the US

Companies that transfer personal data from the European Union (“EU”) to the United States should be working toward their compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) which...more

Proposed German Law Could Curtail Privacy Rights

Although Germany has tended to advocate relatively strict data protection laws, a recently released draft law could call into question the extent to which Germany will protect privacy rights in the future. The stated purpose...more

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