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Data protection authority approves insurance antifraud registry

Data protection rules will be adequately protected through the registry to be set up against frauds in the insurance sector according to the Italian data protection authority. ...more

The EU's Right to be Forgotten: Overly Burdensome?

In May earlier this year, the European Union's top court held in favor of an individual who requested that Google remove the search results associated with his name. In this particular case, a Spanish citizen requested that...more

The Google Tornado: Just How Ground-Breaking Is The "Right To Be Forgotten"

The recent decision of the European Court of Justice relating to Google and the "right to be forgotten", enabling citizens from the European Union to request search engines operating in Europe to delete, or not to show,...more

Online Privacy: Friend or Foe to the American Public?

A recent court ruling in Europe will present new challenges to online corporations such as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Not only will this directly affect their operations in the E.U., but it will also have implications...more

Data Privacy Law in the UK, Part I: An Introduction for U.S. Employers

The recent high-profile decision by the European Court of Justice involving Google has highlighted the existence of stringent data privacy laws in the European Union (EU). However, although the Google decision was...more

Article 29 Working Party Defends BCR-P to European Institutions

On 12 June 2014, in a letter from the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party to the President of the European Parliament, the Working Party has defended, and urged the EU institutions to discuss, Binding Corporate Rules for...more

In Right to Be Forgotten Proceedings, Who Represents the Public Interest?

In its newly published Fact Sheet on the Right to Be Forgotten, the European Commission has tried to dampen the negative reaction to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) Right to Be Forgotten decision by noting that the right...more

In Google Spain ‘right to be forgotten’ case, EU court looks critically at free expression defense

The European Court of Justice’s decision in the Google Spain “right to be forgotten” case isn’t just a ruling about a crazy European regulation. Commentators who brush it off on that basis, or as an anti-free-speech...more

Impact of EU Citizens’ “Right to Be Forgotten” on U.S. Companies

The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) recently held that Google must, under certain circumstances, provide European Union (“EU”) citizens with the right to remove information about themselves, including the list of results...more

EU Data Protection – Draft Ad hoc contractual clauses "EU data processor to non-EU sub-processor"

On March 21st, 2014, the EU Article 29 Working Party[1] (the "Working Party") issued the "Working document 01/2014 on Draft Ad hoc contractual clauses 'EU data processor to non-EU sub-processor'"[2] (the "Draft Contractual...more

The latest thinking from Europe (while we are waiting for the Regulation)

(LONDON) Privacy practitioners from the US and Europe gathered in London on April 30 and May 1 to discuss current thinking about privacy policy, regulation and compliance at the IAPP’s European Data Protection Intensive...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2014

In This Issue: - EU Parliament Cements Position on Privacy Protection Reform - EU Parliament Passes Cybersecurity Directive - SEC Holds Roundtable on Cybersecurity - EU and APEC Introduce Guide for...more

2014 Sees The First Fines For Violations Of EU Cookie Laws

Much has been said about the EU "Cookie" laws introduced by an amendment to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive in 2011. Companies with European customers (including those in the US) have grappled with the...more

European Parliament passes the Data Protection Regulation

In a vote yesterday, the European Parliament has given its formal approval to its version of the new European Data Protection Regulation. With an approval given by 621 for, 10 against, 22 abstentions, the path is now set for...more

Progress On EU Data Privacy Reform: “Irreversible”

Today, the European Parliament voted through the new EU Data Protection reform package (621 in favour of the new Regulation and 10 against with 22 abstentions). It’s a clear endorsement of the proposals. The EU press release...more

Personal Data Transfers from the European Economic Area: Binding Corporate Rules Emerge as Increasingly Attractive Option

It is difficult to recall a time when the issue of personal data transfers from the European Economic Area ("EEA") has been as widely and hotly debated as it has over the past year or so. Significant movements during the past...more

European (EU) Data Protection Law Handbook now live

This 214-page document, “Handbook on European data protection law,” looks incredibly comprehensive. It ends with 13 pages of citations to European case law on various issues....more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 1 (Winter 2014): Evolving Data Protection...

The worldwide expansion of data privacy laws and regulations has impacts that are being felt with increasing regularity in the litigation arena. Whenever data collections occur within foreign corporations or foreign...more

International Privacy - 2013 Year in Review - European Union

Outside of the EU, concerns continue after the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaks demonstrated issues related to U.S. handling of European data. Beginning in July, 2013, the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - December 2013

In This Issue: - European Commission Proposes Changes to the US-EU Safe Harbor: In our November Privacy & Cybersecurity Update,1 we reported that the European Commission was undertaking a review of the U.S.-EU...more

The Draft EU General Data Protection Regulation: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going

On October 25, 2013, the European Council concluded that the new Data Protection Framework should be adopted in a timely manner in order to strengthen consumer and business trust in Europe’s digital economy. The Council did,...more

Data Protection Regulation Proposal Approved by the European Parliament

The European Parliament has finalized its version of the proposed Data Protection Regulation, which would substantially change personal data protection rules in the 31-country European Economic Area. The Parliament’s LIBE...more

Proposed Amendment to EU Privacy Regulations May Force Choice Between Violating US and EU Law

On Monday, October 21, 2013, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted to approve an amended version of the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulations. Included in the...more

New EU Data Protection Regulation – Do you move data across borders? Read this post.

As also reported yesterday by our colleagues Emma Thomas and Jim Halpert, last October, 21 the EU Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) has approved a compromise set of amendments to the EU Data Protection...more

European Parliament Adopts Compromise Amendments on Data Protection Regulation

Introduction - On October 21, 2013, the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) held its long-awaited vote and adopted compromise amendments that would modify the...more

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