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More fines to come in Germany? Service provider engagements are under increased scrutiny.

Following a significant fine against the parties to an asset acquisition for illegally transferring customer information, the Bavarian Data Protection Supervisory Authority (Bavarian DPA) announced on August, 20, 2015 that it...more

The FTC Continues to Flex its Safe Harbor Enforcement Muscles

On August 17, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced settlements with 13 companies on charges that they misled consumers by claiming that they were certified members of the U.S.-EU or U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor...more

Judges Examine Key Differences between U.S. and European E-Discovery

Exterro’s inFusion `15 user conference kicked off with a fascinating keynote on the differences between e-discovery laws in the U.S. and Europe. What made the discussion so interesting was that it featured two judges with a...more

How Private is that Connected Car? US v. EU

Among the fastest growing sectors in the industry of smart things is the connected car. No longer a simple way from point A to point B, cars now comprise a computer, cell phone and camera all rolled into one motorized...more

EU Privacy Law May Require Individual Third Party Consent for Sale of Customer Email Lists

Parties to transactions involving personal data in Europe are well-advised to investigate whether individual consent or the offer of opt-outs are required to avoid the risk of fines and other sanctions imposed by the DPA or...more

Google Declares “Non!” to French Privacy Regulator’s Demands that Google Apply the “Right to be Forgotten” Worldwide

In an expected but controversial move, Google has rejected a demand by the French Data Privacy authority CNIL to apply the European “Right to be Forgotten” worldwide. We have covered the E.U.’s Right to be Forgotten...more

Customer Data in Corporate Sales - A Privacy Issue: German Privacy Watchdog Fines Seller and Purchaser for Personal Data Transfer

In a press release on 30 July 2015, the Bavarian data protection authority (DPA) announced that it had recently fined both seller and purchaser for unlawfully transferring customer data as part of an asset...more

The Right to be Forgotten: Another Scuffle between Google and The French Data Protection Authority

On 13 May 2014 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a judgment which Google called a “landmark ruling” (Google v. Costeja Gonzalez case, C-131/12). The court held, based on the 95/46 Directive on...more

The slow death of EU forum shopping

Forum shopping (i.e. where businesses pick and choose the most privacy-friendly EU state to set up shop) has always been a somewhat unique side effect of EU data privacy law. Then last year saw the Google Spain case where the...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

EU Data Protection Regulation: Final “Trilogue” Negotiations are off to a Good Start

Following the European Parliament’s adoption of a General Approach to the long-awaited draft Data Protection Regulation (DPR) last month, negotiations over the regulation’s final form have now commenced. These negotiations...more

E-Discovery: If you can’t take the data to the tools, take the tools to the data

Today we welcome Jo Sherman, CEO, EDT Inc. to share some of her thoughts on the challenge of international investigations and data collection/analysis. Given the challenges of discovery and data collection across borders in...more

EU Data Privacy Update: European Council Approves Agreement to Data Privacy Reform

European regulators took another step forward on the protracted and procedurally involved path to EU-wide data privacy reform earlier this month when the European Council (the organization of the individual member states)...more

In the E.U., Where to Bring Suit When the Subject is Data and the Defendant is a U.S. Company? Hint: It’s About More Than Just...

When are U.S. social media companies subject to European data privacy laws? As we reported in 2013, the answer is often contingent on geographic location – where the relevant data is processed. In 2013, for example, a German...more

What European Union privacy reform means for U.S. Companies

The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is one step closer to replacing the EU’s 1995 data privacy directive, known as 95/46/EU. In late June, the Council of Ministers from the EU member states...more

Progress on Data Protection in the European Union

We may see the final text of the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation by the end of 2015. In mid-June, the Council of the European Union set forth an agreed general approach to the proposed EU General Data...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - June 2015

In This Issue: - USA Freedom Act Brings Changes to Surveillance Program - Connecticut Enacts Bill Imposing Tighter Data Security Obligations - Pennsylvania Court Dismisses Data Breach Negligence...more

Whistleblowing: An Employer’s Guide To Global Compliance

In This Issue: - Foreword - A Summary Across Five Continents - Law and Sanctions - The Legislative Framework: Whistleblower Protections Across the Globe - Global Differences: The Cultural...more

The EU’s S-L-O-W March Towards a Uniform Data Protection Regime

The European Union (EU), comprised of 28 member states, currently has a patchwork of privacy and data protection laws, based on the EU’s 1995 Data Protection Directive. This mix of laws has led to inconsistent data...more

EU Data Privacy Updates

A brief rundown of developments in recent weeks in the area of EU data protection law: - EU Data Protection Regulation - On Monday, June 15, the EU Council (comprised, for purposes of data protection reform, of...more

European Union Reaches Agreement Regarding New Data Protection Law

On June 15, the 28 governments of the European Union agreed to a draft Data Protection Regulation that would establish tighter privacy provisions for users of online services – including those provided by U.S. tech companies...more

EU Council Agrees Draft Data Protection Regulation

On 15 June 2015 the EU Council of Ministers (Council) reached a General Approach to the long-awaited draft Data Protection Regulation (DPR), bringing Europe one step closer to a single, harmonised set of data protection rules...more

Are we nearly there yet?

If you kids ask that one more time... Well, I think it’s only fair for us poor Data Protection kids in Europe to have been asking this on repeated occasions over the last three and a half years. It’s certainly a...more

EU Reaches Milestone Towards the Adoption of Revised Data Protection Framework

On June 15, 2015, the Ministers of Justice of all 28 European Union member states, sitting as the Council of the EU (Council), reached a crucial agreement for the future EU data protection legal framework. Much work still...more

EU Data Protection Regulation

On 15 June 2015 the European Council published its final proposed text for the new General Data Protection Regulation. The Regulation is being adopted to provide legal certainty and transparency for businesses and to provide...more

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