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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

In the age of Big Data, the EDPS issues an Opinion on enforcement and upholding fundamental rights

The European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) issued an Opinion on coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of big data”. This is an update to the EDPS’ Preliminary Opinion in 2014 on “Privacy and...more

Is the Privacy Shield Viable? Article 29 Working Party Proposes to Wait for Its Final Verdict

After its first draft of February 29, 2016, the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield adequacy decision on July 12, 2016. The first draft was adopted after the cancellation of the Safe Harbor by the Court of...more

Criticisms over the Draft Adequacy Decision by the European Data Protection Supervisor: Final Lap for the Privacy Shield?

Following twenty-seven EU and U.S. non-profit organizations in their letter of March 16, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) in its opinion n° 01/2016 of April 13 and the EU Parliament in its resolution of May 26, it is now...more

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

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

EU Data Supervisor: Privacy Shield Needs “Robust Improvements”

The push for the European Union and the United States to reopen negotiations over the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield may have just become a shove, due to a recent opinion released by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)...more

EU Institutions Weigh In on Commission’s EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Proposal

Last week has seen two important developments in relation to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) for transfers of personal information from Europe to the United States. A draft adequacy decision and related...more

International Data Transfers Face Further Setbacks: MEPs and the EDPS Reject the Privacy Shield & the Adequacy Challenge Spreads...

The options available to EU organisations for lawfully transferring personal data from Europe to the United States appear to be dwindling. In particular, there have been further setbacks to the approval of the Privacy Shield...more

European Data Protection Supervisor Slams EU – US Privacy Shield

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Giovanni Buttarelli issued his formal opinion on the EU- US Privacy Shield, arguing that while it’s a step in the right direction, “robust improvements” are needed. The EDPS is an...more

Timeline for new EU-US data transfer mechanism becomes clearer

The progress of the EU-US Privacy Shield has been uncertain for the last few months. However, recent developments have clarified the situation somewhat, and it appears that a formal Adequacy Decision could be issued by the...more

EU Regulatory Agendas: EDPS Priorities 2016 and Article 29 Working Party Work Programme 2016 – 2018

On January 7, 2016, the European Data Protection Supervisor ("EDPS") published its priorities for 2016[1]. The EDPS is an independent supervisory authority at EU level whose primary objective is to ensure that European...more

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Better or Worse?

According to a tweet, Giovanni Buttarelli - the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) - declared during the 2016 edition of the conference Computers, Privacy and Data held in Brussels: “Don’t do it again!” This...more

EDPS seeks new debate on Big Data

EDPS has published its opinion on meeting the challenges of Big Data. It outlines the main challenges, opportunities and risks of Big Data, and how important it is that companies processing large volumes of personal data...more

EU Data Protection Ethics Advisory Board to be Established because “adherence to the law is not enough”, says EDPS

Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”), has announced plans to set up a new European Ethics Advisory Board to address the technological challenges of the 21st century in a world where there are...more

The Collection of Passenger Data - Draft Directive Back on Schedule

The EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive has had a turbulent ride: it was first proposed in 2011, rejected in 2013 by the Civil Liberties Committee and discussions suspended a year later. It was then revived in the...more

Thinking Big about Data – the new EDPS Ethics Board

Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), recently announced the formation of a new external Ethics Board that will do a deep dive into the complex ethical issues that surround the use of personal...more

EU Data Protection Regulation – Did you know there’s an app for that?

As EU data protection watchers know, the draft General Data Protection Regulation (which has been around long enough to be universally referred to by its acronym, GDPR) exists in three major versions, with a fourth version...more

European Data Protection Supervisor launches its 2015-2019 strategy

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) launched it data protection strategy, summarizing it in three strategic objectives and 10 accompanying measures for the next five years. The EDPS stated that it is a crucial...more

New European Data Protection Guidelines Published

On November 25, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued new data protection guidelines (Guidelines) to European Union policymakers and legislators in the area of financial services regulation. The EDPS’s stated...more

European Parliament Names Next Data Protection Supervisor

On November 27, European Parliament President Martin Schultz announced that the next European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) will be Giovanni Buttarelli, the Assistant EDPS and former Secretary General to the Italian Data...more

Is There an End in Sight for EU Data Protection Reform?

On 5 November 2014, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), together with Germany’s Federal Data Protection Commissioner, Andrea Voßhoff, held a panel discussion in respect of the state of play and...more

EDPS has published Guidelines on Data Protection in EU Financial Services Regulation

On November 25, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published guidelines on data protection in EU financial services regulation. The EDPS aims to ensure that the EU institutions and bodies are aware of data...more

Preliminary opinion on privacy and competitiveness of big data issued by EDPS

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued a preliminary opinion that addresses some of the issues and convergences in EU data protection, consumer protection and competition laws that are not up to date with...more

European Data Protection Supervisor Weighs in on the Cloud Debate by Issuing an Opinion

It has been reported that Google will give EU businesses the opportunity to store personal data exclusively on servers in the EU. This appears to have been prompted by compliance difficulties with the current EU data...more

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