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Privacy policy required for contact forms on websites? German Courts in disagreement

Over the last years, a number of German Courts had to decide whether the operator of a website that contains a contact form for the website’s visitors shall be obliged to provide visitors a privacy policy that informs the...more

Exploring the Employment Law Implications of a ‘Brexit’

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) will hold an “in or out” referendum to decide whether it should remain a member of the European Union (EU). If the UK chooses to leave the 28-member European Union, one certain...more

The Basics of International Privacy Law for Commercial Litigators, Part 2: Global Trends

Although the volume of data that flows between the EU and the U.S. ensures that EU privacy law occupies most of the spotlight on the world stage, other countries have their own privacy laws worth noting as...more

Recent Changes to EU Employee Data Protection – Two Years to Comply with New Requirements

Employee Data Protection in the EU is subject to major changes, notable to multinational companies with employees in the EU. A few days ago, after 4 years of negotiation, the European Parliament adopted the General Data...more

The General Data Protection Regulation: Its Time Has Come

After several years of review and negotiations among various stakeholders, the European Parliament gave the final nod to the EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"). The GDPR replaces the current EU data protection...more

European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Revision of ePrivacy Directive

Pursuant to its Digital Single Market strategy and adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation on the revision of Directive 2002/58/EC, better...more

Significant New EU Data Protection Privacy Framework Regulation Approved

On April 14, 2016 the European Parliament approved the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which replaces the EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC), the privacy law originally established in 1995. The...more

European Parliament Adopts EU General Data Protection Regulation; 12 Steps Businesses Should Take Now

The European Parliament has voted to adopt the draft text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which imposes enhanced requirements on organizations processing personal data in the European Union and transferring...more

The Data Protection Directive Is Dead! Long Live the General Data Protection Regulation!

After four years of protracted discussions and negotiations, the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) gained final approval from the European Parliament 14 April. It will enter into force 20 days after publication...more

Significant concerns from EU Data Protection Authorities may delay the EU-US Privacy Shield

EU Data Protection Authorities met in Brussels last week to deliver their eagerly anticipated opinion on the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield. They set out significant criticisms of the current proposals, dealing a blow to those...more

European Parliament approves new EU data protection law

The European Parliament has voted on the General Data Protection Regulation (the "GDPR"). The vote marks the end of a four-year legislative process and makes the GDPR a reality....more

An Overview of Turkey’s New Data Protection Law

After a decade of winding its way through the legislative process, Turkey’s new Data Protection Law entered into force on April 7. Although Turkey previously had a few sectoral data protection laws on the books, this is the...more

GDPR Approved by Parliament, Set to Become EU Law

Last week, we reported that the Council of Ministers accelerated the timetable for passage of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The European Parliament followed suit and approved the GDPR this morning. As a...more

New EU Data Protection Regulation Is Now Enacted

On April 14, 2016, the European Parliament formally adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With this vote, the new EU data protection legal framework will become legally effective in two years and 20 days from...more

Two Years to Get Ready – GDPR Adopted

After 4 years of negotiation, today the European Parliament adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR“). In doing so, it signaled the end of the EU approval process and put businesses on alert that they now have...more

New Tough and Harmonized Framework for EU Data Protection

On April 8, 2016, the Council of the EU adopted the final text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). On April 14, the EU Parliament approved the Council’s decision. Twenty days after its publication in the...more

The Basics of International Privacy Law for Commercial Litigators, Part 1: the EU

Let’s say an American commercial litigator is working to defend a multinational client that has been sued in the U.S. The litigator may realize that he or she needs to collect emails or other documents from the client’s...more

European Council Issues New Consolidated GDPR and Accelerates GDPR’s Legislative Timetable

Yesterday evening, the European Council issued a new consolidated version of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is the first “clean” version of the GDPR that (a) incorporates all revisions agreed upon from...more

European Data Protection Supervisor Issues Information Security Risk Management Guidance for E.U. Institutions

The European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) Giovanni Buttarelli issued a guidance document on data security and risk management for the E.U. institutions (such as the European Parliament, the European Council, and the...more

Privacy Shield Released - How Employers Can Take Advantage of the New European Data Transfer Framework

Background - The EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (the “Directive”) creates the legal framework for national data-protection laws in each EU member state. The Directive states that personal data may only be...more

Discovery Implications of the EU Data Protection Regulation

A recent article by my Kroll Ontrack colleagues from across the pond, Lawrence Ryz and Tracey Stretton, details the new EU Data Protection Regulation, which aims to solidify and unify the European Union’s data protection...more

Passage of the U.S. Redress Act Raises Confidence in Privacy Protection for Transatlantic Data Flows

The U.S. Judicial Redress Act has been signed into law by President Obama. The move marks an important step in data transfer relations between the EU and the United States, gives the green light to the EU-U.S. law enforcement...more

One Step Closer: Draft Text of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Released March 1, 2016

The U.S. and EU are one step closer to implementing the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. On March 1, 2016, the European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce announced the release of the legal texts that will put in place...more

The Judicial Redress Act of 2015 Becomes Law

Passage of the Act facilitates two data-sharing agreements between the European Union and United States that will improve transatlantic business, privacy, and security. On February 24, the Judicial Redress Act of 2015...more

Rebuilding Trust with the Europeans After Snowden: Obama Signs New Privacy Law

The U.S. and E.U. are one step closer to entering into a new data transfer agreement. On February 24, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into legislation the Judicial Redress Act, giving citizens of certain allied countries,...more

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