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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

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

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

How to Obtain EU Binding Corporate Rules (BCR) Approval

The following provides background concerning the approved Binding Corporate Rules ("BCR") procedure. BCRs are in-kind privacy rules and standards that allow multinational groups of companies to transfer personal data within...more

(So) What if there’s no Safe Harbor 2.0?

There’s no doubt businesses in the EU and US would breathe a sigh of relief if a new Safe Harbor agreement is put in place between before European data protection authorities start prosecuting companies for potentially...more

Recent Developments in Hungarian Data Protection Law

Data protection has become a focal issue for most enterprises. Companies offering a high level of data security and sensitivity to data protection are praised by their customers, while data breaches and negligent data...more

European Union Reaches Agreement on Data Protection Law Reform

On December 15, 2015, the European Union reached an agreement on the final text of the new General Data Protection Regulation. The Regulation will replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive, which is currently the basis for...more

What Can We Expect From The EU General Data Protection Regulation?

After over three years of discussions at many levels, it is now clear that the proposed EU data protection framework will be revised, and that it will be in the form of a Regulation – the General Data Protection Regulation....more

Life After Death (of Safe Harbor) – EU Data Protection in the Wake of Schrems

One month after the landmark decision in Schrems vs. Data Protection Commissioner (C-365/14), the European Commission (Commission) has issued guidelines, in the form of a Communication, regarding the transfer of personal data...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

Dangerous Waters in the Safe Harbor: The EU-U.S. Safe Harbor for Data Transfer is Safe No More

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ), abolished the 15 year old Safe Harbor agreement between the EU and the U.S. Over 5,000 businesses have relied on the Safe Harbor to receive personal data from EU member...more

The Schrems Decision: How the End of Safe Harbor Affects Your FCPA Compliance Plan

Like a needle to a balloon, the Schrems decision has drastically altered the data privacy landscape. Who is affected? Everyone – consumers, corporations, employees. But who needs to take action? Any company with offices in...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

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

Brussels Regulatory Brief: September/October

On 11 September, TeliaSonera and Telenor have abandoned the proposed merger of their business units in Denmark. The contemplated transaction would have resulted in the establishment of a joint venture active in the provision...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

United States and European Union Reach Agreement in Principle for Continued Transatlantic Data Transfers Following Safe Harbor...

In the wake of the European Court of Justice’s (“CJEU”) landmark decision of Schrems v. Data Protection Authority earlier this month, the EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova announced this week that the EU has “agreed in...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

German Data Protection Authorities Limit Use of Alternative Data Transfer Mechanisms in Light of Safe Harbor Decision

In the weeks since the October 6, 2015, Court of Justice of the European Union decision (“CJEU Decision”) that invalidated the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor framework, companies have been faced with the quandary of establishing legal...more

EU safe harbor update

Last week, the Vienna Higher Regional Court ruled that most of Max Schrems’ claims against Facebook can proceed, including his claim that Facebook improperly allowed his personal information to be shared with the National...more

European Court Rules Safe Harbor Invalid

In a case now known as “Schrems,” the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on October 6, 2015 that the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor program – which has been in place since 2000, allowing U.S. companies complying with the Safe...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

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

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