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Safe Harbor unverbindlich! EuGH zeigt im Datenschutz die Zähne

In seiner heute ergangenen Entscheidung (C-362/14) erklärt der EuGH, die Safe Harbor-Grundsätze bei der Datenübermittlung ins EU-Ausland seien für die nationalen Bundesdatenschutzbehörden unverbindlich. Die in der Praxis weit...more

ECJ Decision on Safe Harbor Framework Could Have Far Reaching Implications

A landmark decision is expected on Tuesday by the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) on the validity of the EU-US Safe Harbor Framework as an adequacy mechanism for European companies to transfer personal information to U.S....more

Study reports draft EU Data Protection Regulation leaves gaps in protection when it comes to Big Data, Internet of Things and...

A study published 22 September 2015 criticises the EU’s development of its Digital Single Market (‘DSM’) strategy for being overly commercially and economically driven, with little attention to the key legal and social...more

Safe Harbor Invalidated – What’s Next on the Chopping Block?

As I reported earlier today, the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has declared Safe Harbor invalid. The full decision is now available online in English (other languages also available at by searching on...more

EU Top Court’s Safe Harbor Decision Invalidates Safe Harbor and Sends Facebook Case Back to Irish Data Protection Authority

The initial reports of the ECJ’s decision in the Schrems Safe Harbor case (C-362/14) indicate that the Court of Justice of the EU has declared Safe Harbor invalid and sent the case back to the Irish Data Protection Authority...more

Google and the Right to be Forgotten: The French Data Protection Authority Takes the Matter Further

On June 12, 2015 the French Data Protection Authority (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés – CNIL) issued a notice ordering Google to draw all the consequences of the CJEU May 13, 2014 ruling and to apply...more

The German Perspective: EU and U.S. Data Protection “Umbrella Agreement”

After over four years of negotiations, the European Union and the United States have agreed on a framework data protection agreement on 8 September 2015 (Umbrella Agreement). The Umbrella Agreement covers all personal data...more

EU Court Ruling on Safe Harbor Expected 6 October

Last week we blogged about the game-changing ECJ Advocate General recommendation that the court was to find the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor program invalid. It was anticipated that the court would not issue judgment for several...more

Court of Justice of the EU Decision on Safe Harbor Expected October 6

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has announced that it will release its decision in the Schrems Safe Harbor case on Tuesday, October 6. It is highly unusual for the ECJ to issue a decision so quickly after publication of...more

Is Safe Harbor Still Safe? U.S. Companies Face Challenges Ahead on the EU Privacy Horizon

Pursuant to European Commission Decision 2000/520, United States–based companies may freely process the personal data of European Union citizens, provided that those companies adhere to the principles and frequently asked...more

Uncertainty for the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Intensified by Non-Binding Recommendation for EU High Court Advisor

In a non-binding opinion issued on September 23, 2015, an Advocate General for the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) recommended that the ECJ suspend the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor program (“Safe Harbor”) and reexamine whether the...more

Advocate General Of ECJ Rules EU Data Protection Authorities Can Investigate Complaints About Safe Harbor Programme

Data transfers can be suspended until investigation is complete. In Maximillian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (case C-362/14), the Advocate General ruled that EU data protection authorities do have powers to...more

Privacy Monday, September 28, 2015: More on US-EU Safe Harbor — what’s next?

We will be following up our post last week regarding the latest US-EU Safe Harbor decision out of Europe with further analysis both from the Mintz Privacy team and our international network of privacy specialists. Our...more

That is SO last week - September 2015 #4

No matter how many times employment lawyers say that the ADA may require employers to provide more leave than the FMLA’s 12 week allotment, some just don’t get the message. Last week, the EEOC announced a $300,000 settlement...more

EU Court: Advocate General Opinion Finds Commission’s Safe Harbor Decision Invalid

The EU-US Safe Harbor Program, facilitating the exchange of personal data between the EU and the US, has been in the limelight in recent years as it is facing challenges that may shake the very core of its existence. In...more

Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice: EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Act Is Not Safe for EU Citizens

The decision could affect the thousands of U.S. companies in diverse industries that rely on the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement to legally transfer personal data of EU citizens from the EU to the United States....more

Safe Harbor Invalid! Will the ECJ follow the Advocate General recommendation?

Advocate General Yves Bot today delivered an opinion recommending that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) find the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Program invalid. His opinion, while non-binding, relates to a request for a preliminary...more

Safe Harbor Framework in Jeopardy After Advocate General Decision

On September 23, 2015, Advocate General Yves Bot advised the European Court of Justice that the US-EU Safe Harbor framework for the protection of trans-Atlantic transfers of personal data is invalid. The long awaited Opinion...more

EU Data Protection Reforms: ICO Critiques Council Draft Regulation Over Consent, Access Rights, EU v. Member State Balance of...

With the EU Data Protection “reform train” rounding what is hopefully the final bend towards the summit of consensus, the UK ICO have published their latest analysis on the Council’s draft EU Data Protection Regulation. The...more

ECJ Advocate General’s Safe Harbor Opinion Points Towards Imminent End of Safe Harbor As We Know It

Does your company rely on Safe Harbor to transfer personal data from Europe to the US? If so, it’s time to think about alternatives to Safe Harbor – and fast....more

European Parliament publishes its proposals for the security of the EU

On 9 July 2015 the European Parliament published its European agenda on security, setting out the current situation of security in the European Union before identifying three key areas upon which efforts should be focused:...more

EU Data Privacy Challenges In Responding To Data Requests Made By U.S. Authorities

Regulators, courts and law enforcement authorities in the U.S. (and other jurisdictions around the globe) have an insatiable appetite for access to data held by a range of companies, including in particular financial...more

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

Fines Issued for Transfer of Customer Data in an M&A Asset Deal

Recent enforcement actions by the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (DPA) [Bayerisches Landesamt für Datenschutzaufsicht] highlight the importance of severe restrictions placed on the transfer of such data, even in the...more

A Primer on Russia’s New Data Localization Law

Privacy and data security professionals worldwide should circle September 1 on their calendars, as it’s the day Russia’s new data localization law goes into effect – and possibly generates major waves far beyond Russian...more

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