EU Data Protection Laws

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Cacophony in the E.U. About National Data Retention Laws

The European Commission made it clear on September 16, 2015, that the issue of whether to introduce national data retention laws is a national decision. The European Commission has no intention of going back on this statement...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - September 2015

Adviser to European Court of Justice Says US-EU Safe Harbor Should Be Declared Invalid - An advisory opinion issued by the advocate general to the European Court of Justice states that the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor should be...more

Google and the Right to be Forgotten: The French Data Protection Authority Takes the Matter Further

On June 12, 2015 the French Data Protection Authority (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés – CNIL) issued a notice ordering Google to draw all the consequences of the CJEU May 13, 2014 ruling and to apply...more

European Court of Justice May Invalidate Safe Harbor Framework

In a landmark decision that threatens to undo the process by which American companies handle personal data flowing from the European Union, the Advocate General (AG) of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued an advisory...more

EU–US Safe Harbor About to be Struck Down?

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

The German Perspective: EU and U.S. Data Protection “Umbrella Agreement”

After over four years of negotiations, the European Union and the United States have agreed on a framework data protection agreement on 8 September 2015 (Umbrella Agreement). The Umbrella Agreement covers all personal data...more

EU Court Ruling on Safe Harbor Expected 6 October

Last week we blogged about the game-changing ECJ Advocate General recommendation that the court was to find the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor program invalid. It was anticipated that the court would not issue judgment for several...more

Court of Justice of the EU Decision on Safe Harbor Expected October 6

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has announced that it will release its decision in the Schrems Safe Harbor case on Tuesday, October 6. It is highly unusual for the ECJ to issue a decision so quickly after publication of...more

Is Safe Harbor Still Safe? U.S. Companies Face Challenges Ahead on the EU Privacy Horizon

Pursuant to European Commission Decision 2000/520, United States–based companies may freely process the personal data of European Union citizens, provided that those companies adhere to the principles and frequently asked...more

Uncertainty for the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Intensified by Non-Binding Recommendation for EU High Court Advisor

In a non-binding opinion issued on September 23, 2015, an Advocate General for the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) recommended that the ECJ suspend the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor program (“Safe Harbor”) and reexamine whether the...more

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

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

Privacy Monday, September 28, 2015: More on US-EU Safe Harbor — what’s next?

We will be following up our post last week regarding the latest US-EU Safe Harbor decision out of Europe with further analysis both from the Mintz Privacy team and our international network of privacy specialists. Our...more

That is SO last week - September 2015 #4

No matter how many times employment lawyers say that the ADA may require employers to provide more leave than the FMLA’s 12 week allotment, some just don’t get the message. Last week, the EEOC announced a $300,000 settlement...more

EU Court: Advocate General Opinion Finds Commission’s Safe Harbor Decision Invalid

The EU-US Safe Harbor Program, facilitating the exchange of personal data between the EU and the US, has been in the limelight in recent years as it is facing challenges that may shake the very core of its existence. In...more

Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice: EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Act Is Not Safe for EU Citizens

The decision could affect the thousands of U.S. companies in diverse industries that rely on the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement to legally transfer personal data of EU citizens from the EU to the United States....more

Safe Harbor Put Into Question!

The 1995 EU Privacy Directive 95/46/EC provides that personal data of say, employees, to third countries, like the United States, may only be done with employee consent and only where the U.S. has ensured an adequate level of...more

EU - US Personal Data Transfers - Safe Harbor Under Threat

Following a private challenge by an Austrian law student to the storage by Facebook of his personal data on servers located in the United States, the EU Advocate General (the “Advocate General”) has filed an advisory opinion...more

Safe Harbor Framework Under Stress

In a non-binding but persuasive opinion provided to the European Court of Justice, the Advocate General argued that (1) member state data protection authorities should be free to suspend data flows under the EU-US Safe Harbor...more

Data Protection: EU court advised to declare EU-US Safe Harbor invalid

In an important case involving Facebook, and instigated by an Austrian student in response to the Snowden revelations about US security agency access to mass data, the Advocate General (“AG”) to the Court of Justice of the...more

Safe Harbor Invalid! Will the ECJ follow the Advocate General recommendation?

Advocate General Yves Bot today delivered an opinion recommending that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) find the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Program invalid. His opinion, while non-binding, relates to a request for a preliminary...more

Fundamental Question Over Data Transfer From Europe To The U.S.

The discussions between the EU and the U.S. on the Safe Harbor mechanism seemed to be almost there, but this morning the EU Court of Justice’s Advocate General Yves Bot has set the cat among the pigeons in his Opinion on the...more

EU Opinion on Safe Harbor published

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

Safe Harbor Framework in Jeopardy After Advocate General Decision

On September 23, 2015, Advocate General Yves Bot advised the European Court of Justice that the US-EU Safe Harbor framework for the protection of trans-Atlantic transfers of personal data is invalid. The long awaited Opinion...more

EU Data Protection Reforms: ICO Critiques Council Draft Regulation Over Consent, Access Rights, EU v. Member State Balance of...

With the EU Data Protection “reform train” rounding what is hopefully the final bend towards the summit of consensus, the UK ICO have published their latest analysis on the Council’s draft EU Data Protection Regulation. The...more

ECJ Advocate General’s Safe Harbor Opinion Points Towards Imminent End of Safe Harbor As We Know It

Does your company rely on Safe Harbor to transfer personal data from Europe to the US? If so, it’s time to think about alternatives to Safe Harbor – and fast....more

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