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Strict and far-reaching new EU data protection regime comes into force

The EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") is now in force, and the clock is officially ticking for businesses to bring their operations into line with its sweeping changes. On 4 May 2016, after more than four...more

European Parliament: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Needs Further Improvement

Earlier today, the European Parliament passed a non-legislative resolution saying the EU Commission should go back to negotiating with the United States to remedy “deficiencies” in the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield for EU...more

EU Council adopts cybersecurity directive – new rules on security requirements and incident reporting

Background - On 17 May, 2016 the Council of the European Union, which comprises representatives of the Member States’ national governments, formally adopted the Network and Information Security Directive (“Directive“). ...more

Europe Counts Down to the General Data Protection Regulation

Businesses have two years to comply with Europe’s new privacy regime. On 24 May 2016, after more than four years of debate, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, or the Regulation) enters into force. The GDPR...more

Europe Is Shifting, And It’s a Big Deal – The New GDPR

The clock is now ticking. On May 4th the European Parliament published the final text of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), and the rules of the game have significantly changed – at least in the context of EU...more

Important Issues are yet to be corrected in the Right to be Forgotten

The recognition by the European Union of a “Right to be Forgotten” has caused much controversy, but seemingly progress is being made. The Right, which entitles Europeans to petition data controllers to prevent harmful...more

Advocate General’s opinion states that IP addresses are Personal Data

On 12 May, the Advocate General’s (AG) opinion in Case C-582/14 Patrick Breyer v Germany was released, stating that dynamic IP addresses should be considered personal data for the purposes of EU data protection law. Although...more

The European Cloud Initiative: Will Data Protection Requirements Cause Stormy Weather?

The European Commission (EC) recently proposed the European Cloud Initiative (ECI): a plan to create a world-class data infrastructure to store, manage, transport and process data at high speeds. The primary aims are to...more

Data transfers in limbo – U.S. companies face fines by German data protection authorities

While EU regulators determine whether to adopt a new agreement for transfers of personal data from Europe to the United States to replace the invalid EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework, German data protection authorities have not...more

GDPR published – Enforcement begins on 25 May 2018

EU Regulation 2016/679 (the General Data Protection Regulation, or "GDPR") was officially published on 4 May 2016. Enforcement will begin on 25 May 2018, giving businesses just over two years to bring their operations into...more

Turkish Parliament Enacts New Data Protection Law

In a step toward its accession to the EU, Turkey has enacted its first comprehensive Data Protection Law. The law was passed by the Turkish Parliament 24 March and published in the Official Gazette 7 April....more

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

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