EU Data Protection Laws

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[Event] Transatlantic data: What U.S. companies need to know about the GDPR and EU data privacy laws - September 29th, Chicago,...

The clock is ticking for the international business community to ensure compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation, which was adopted this year and comes into full effect in May 2018....more

Which U.S. Businesses Must Comply with EU Data Protection Laws?

What the recent Amazon decision tells us - On 28 July 2016, the European Court of Justice rendered a decision in a dispute between an Austrian Consumer Protection organization known as VKI (Verein für...more

European Restrictions on Computer Profiling

On May 25, 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect requiring companies that process personally identifiable information of EU residents to comply with a significant number of enhanced...more

ICO Responds to the ePrivacy Directive Consultation

In April, we reported that the European Commission had opened a public consultation seeking the views of various stakeholders on the current wording of, and possible changes to, the Privacy and Electronic Communications...more

EU-US Privacy Shield Framework Formally Adopted

On July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally adopted the Privacy Shield, a new transatlantic framework for the transfer of personal data from the European Union (EU) and certain countries of the European Economic Area...more

Richard Hsu Interviews Mike Hintze, Chief Privacy Counsel, Microsoft  [Video]

Mike Hintze, Chief Privacy Counsel, Microsoft, discusses how privacy issues impact almost everything at Microsoft – from HR data and sales and marketing to the online components of every one of their products; the convergence...more

Richard Hsu Interviews Jack Yang, Chief Privacy Officer at Visa [Video]

Partner Richard Hsu, a CIPP/US, CIPM and CIPT Certified Privacy Professional, Global Head of the Intellectual Property Transactions Group and Co-Head of the Privacy & Data Protection practice, interviews the trailblazers of...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 20:...

ad hoc clauses means a set of clauses for Cross-Border Data Transfers, which require prior approval by a DPA (see Chapter 13)....more

An Overview of the New General Data Protection Regulation

The European Parliament has approved the reformed General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). Given this is a Regulation (rather than a Directive), this legislation will apply automatically in every Member State (without...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 19:...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? This topic covers the transitional period between the publication of the GDPR (on 4 May 2016) and the GDPR Effective Date (i.e., 25 May 2018). This represents a limited,...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 18:...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? From the GDPR Effective Date, the GDPR will be the main instrument governing EU data protection law across all Member States. The Directive, which is almost 20 years old, will...more

If Your Company Receives EU Citizens’ Personal Data, Privacy Shield Self-Certification Is Now Open – And the Clock is Ticking on...

If your company transfers the personal information of European Union citizens to the United States, you likely have kept a close eye on the evolution of EU privacy law since a European court invalidated the former EU-U.S....more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 17: Issues...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Although a key aim of the GDPR is to harmonise data protection law across the EU, there are a number of areas in which the GDPR leaves it to Member States to adopt their own...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 16:...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Whereas the remedies and sanctions available to DPAs under the Directive are comparatively low (generally subject to a maximum of less than €1 million per infringement, with...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 15:...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Under the Directive, organisations are obliged to deal with a separate DPA for each Member State whose laws apply to them. This has meant that businesses faced a range of...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 14: Data...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? National Data Protection Authorities ("DPAs") are appointed to implement and enforce data protection law, and to offer guidance. As set out in Chapter 16, DPAs have...more

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

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

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 12: Impact...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? A significant aspect of complying with EU data protection law is demonstrating compliance—making it evident to DPAs that an organisation is meeting its obligations. Three of...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 11:...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Under the GDPR, the concept of a "processor" does not change. Any entity that is a processor under the Directive likely continues to be a processor under the GDPR. However,...more

The implications of Brexit on the entertainment and media industry

While the United Kingdom will not leave the European Union overnight, it is important to consider what the result of the Brexit referendum means to the entertainment and media industry. What are the challenges? How do we...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 10:...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Each time an organisation processes personal data, it will do so as either a controller or a processor. These roles bear different responsibilities. Therefore, it is...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 9: Rights...

Why does this topic matter to organisations? EU data protection law provides data subjects with a wide array of rights that can be enforced against organisations that process personal data. These rights may limit the...more

Decision Clears Path for Companies to Participate in the Privacy Shield

A critical decision today by European Union privacy officials ends the era of uncertainty for the 4,000 plus U.S.-based companies and the thousands of EU-based companies that formerly relied on the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor...more

Second Circuit Eases Tension Between U.S. Discovery Requirements and EU Privacy Laws

Microsoft scored an important victory when the Second Circuit ruled that the government is not authorized to issue warrants for customer data stored overseas. In re Warrant to Search a Certain E-mail Account Controlled &...more

Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation: A practical handbook on the EU's new data protection law: Chapter 8: Consent

Why does this topic matter to organisations? Processing of personal data is lawful only if, and to the extent that, it is permitted under EU data protection law. Each and every data processing activity requires a lawful...more

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