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How invalidation of EU-U.S. Safe Harbor framework may affect U.S. companies

It’s very unusual for a decision of a foreign court on a technical subject such as data transfer to make headlines in the United States, but an October ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, Europe’s highest...more

Optical Express appeal highlights the need for caution over third-party marketing lists

In a decision of 31 August 2015, the First-Tier Tribunal provided important clarification on the use of third-party mailing lists. Optical Express v Information Commissioner (EA/2014/0014) is significant for organisations...more

The WSGR Data Advisor - November 2015

The last two months certainly have been eventful in the world of privacy. In this issue of The WSGR Data Advisor, we examine the Court of Justice of the European Union’s recent and highly significant Schrems decision that...more

Current Status of EU Data Transfers and Recommended Next Steps for Former Safe Harbor Companies

As has been widely publicized, on October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its much-anticipated decision in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, Case C-362/14 invalidating European Commission’s Decision...more

The European Commission Issues Guidance On Transatlantic Data Transfers

On November 6, 2015, the European Commission (“EC”) released guidance on transatlantic data transfers in light of the ruling by the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) last month invalidating the Safe Harbor framework that had...more

Safe Harbor Not Binding! European Court of Justice Bares Its Teeth

In its decision on October 6, 2015 (file-no. C-362/14), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) stated that the commonly used Safe Harbor Principles, which were previously deemed to be a safe way to legally transfer data to the...more

The EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Decision: Implications for the Asset Management Industry

In our recent OnPoint, we reported that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared that the “Safe Harbor,” upon which many companies in the EU and U.S. relied to share data both within and outside of their...more

European Commission Releases Communication on Schrems and Safe Harbor 2.0

On November 6, 2015, the European Commission released a widely-anticipatedCommunication assessing the impact of the judgment of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) in the Schrems case (C-362/14), which invalidated the...more

European Court of Justice Declares Safe Harbor for Transferring Personal Data from Europe Invalid

The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has ruled that the 15-year-old Safe Harbor Data Protection Framework (“Safe Harbor”) between the United States and the European Union (“EU”) is invalid. According to the ECJ, it does not...more

European Court of Justice Invalidates Safe Harbor

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice invalidated “Safe Harbor”, a pact which for nearly fifteen years allowed United States companies to transfer electronic data from European companies and satisfy accompanying...more

Agreement “In Principle” On New US-EU Safe Harbor Pact

The European Union announced on October 26, 2015, that it had reached an agreement “in principle” with the United States on a new transatlantic data-sharing pact—though a final agreement between the parties is likely still...more

False Hope or a Possible Safe Harbor Reboot?

With EU-U.S. data transfer scheme Safe Harbor being found to be “invalid” recently by Europe’s top court, pressure has increased on U.S. and EU officials to put aside differences and see if an alternative 2.0 scheme could be...more

Employment Law Commentary, October 2015

EU Employment Issues In M&A Transactions - Across industry sectors, there is one thing that all organizations have in common—people. Every organization needs a workforce to steer it in the right direction. This means...more

Round-up of Safe Harbor guidance issued by EU Data Protection Authorities

October has been a busy month for Data Protection Authorities in the EU. Following the Court of Justice of the European Union’s judgment in Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (C-362-14) on 6 October,...more

European Commissioner Seeks Higher Data Protection under Revised U.S. Safe Harbour

An exchange of views between the European Parliament and Mrs. Vera Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, revealed ongoing negotiations between the Commission and the U.S. Department of...more

Safe Harbor – What Happens Now?

Huge uncertainty has been caused by the recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 6 October that the Safe Harbor decision by the European Commission is invalid. Many companies which previously...more

Commission Underlines Commitment to Safe Harbor Discussions

In a keynote speech today before the 37th International conference of Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners in Amsterdam, EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová reiterated the commitment of the European Commission to...more

Safe Harbor Ruling: Company Considerations and Near Term Strategies

Following the landmark judgment of the CJEU on 6 October 2015, which declared the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor scheme invalid and allowed national supervisory authorities to evaluate whether an adequate level of protection is provided...more

UPDATE: Is Safe Harbor Still Safe? The European Court of Justice Answers with a Resounding “No”

On September 28, 2015, we released a client alert noting that European Commission Decision 2000/520, known as the “Safe Harbor” for U.S. companies handling the private data of EU citizens, was under attack in the advisory...more

Employment Law - October 2015 #3

New California Employment Laws on Fair Pay, Waiver of Meal Periods - Why it matters: California continues its focus on employment-related legislation. Touted as the toughest law of its kind in the nation, Senate...more

EU Commissioner Jourová Speaks Before European Parliament About Schrems’ Impact on Safe Harbor Negotiations

On October 26, 2015, EU Commissioner Jourová, responsible for data protection, delivered before the European Parliament a speech on the implications of the Schrems ruling (C-362/14) by the Court of Justice of the EU, which...more

DIFC in Dubai Says Transfer to US Cannot Rely on Safe Harbor

On October 26, 2015, Raja Al Mazrouei, the Commissioner for Data Protection for the Dubai International Financial Centre (the DIFC), issued guidance on the adequacy of US Safe Harbor for the purpose of exporting personal data...more

EU Round-UP: Safe Harbor 2.0 and Upcoming National Challenges

EU Commissioner Vera Jourova recently announced in a speech to the EU Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) that the Commission and the US have made substantial progress in finalizing a...more

European Union and United States Agree in Principle on New Safe Harbor Framework

On Monday, October 26, European Union Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová delivered a speech before the European Parliament in which she noted that the European Union and the United States had agreed “in principle” on a new...more

EBA publishes 2016 work programme

EBA has published its annual work programme for 2016, describing its specific activities and tasks for the coming year. EBA’s work for 2016 is defined under 34 activities in the following strategic areas...more

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