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EU Cloud Standardisation Guidelines

In November 2012, we wrote an Alert about the European Commission’s Communication on Cloud Computing intended, it said, to “… unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe”. Sceptics were doubtful that the cloud...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

European Commission Proposes New Ground Rules for US Safe Harbor

(LONDON) The European Commission, which has the authority to make changes to the US Safe Harbor program, has published a paper titled “Rebuilding Trust in EU-US Data Flows” that sets out the changes that the Commission would...more

Turning A Corner? The Data Protection Debate To Date

As part of the European Council conclusions of 24/25 October 2013, EU Ministers agreed that new Data Protection legislation should be adopted by 2015, rather than by the end of May 2014, as the European Parliament and the...more

EU Member State Leaders Vote to Delay Adoption of New Data Protection Framework

On October 24th, at the European Council summit in Brussels, leaders from the 28 EU member states agreed to push back the deadline for the adoption of the new EU data protection framework, agreeing that the deadline should be...more

Europe: Mobile apps rarely compliant with basic EU data protection consent rules

Mobile apps may, and frequently do, have access to a lot of personal information. This personal information can include one’s contact list, location, calendar and photos. Through social network integration, this includes...more

EU Debate over Cybersecurity Laws

We gave a progress report earlier this week in our Alert on the European Commission's plans for wide-ranging changes to data protection laws. It is worth remembering that the European Commission is also considering additional...more

How EU Competition Law Applies To Data Collection Issues

The Internet has given rise to information-based businesses that create value by accumulating pools of data captured from many sources. Indeed, the collection and analysis of vast amounts of consumer data has become the...more

EU Proposed Directive on Network and Information Security

On 7 February, the European Commission (EC) published an EU Cyber Security Strategy encompassing a proposed Directive on Network and Information Security (NIS Directive). The aim of the Strategy and NIS Directive is to...more

Latest EU Proposal Will Force More Companies to Disclose Data Breaches

(LONDON) The European Commission recently published a draft “Cybersecurity Directive” which aims to increase the level of preparedness across the EU to deal with threats to network and information security. The Directive...more

The Proposed EU Data Protection Regulation One Year Later: The Albrecht Report

Originally published in "Privacy & Security Law Report" January 21, 2013. One year ago (Jan. 25, 2012), the European Commission published its proposal to reform the European Union’s (EU) legal framework for data...more

The View from London: European Parliament Publishes Proposal for Revised Draft of EU Data Protection Regulation

The European Parliament recently published a report on the European Commission’s draft of a new EU Data Protection Regulation. The report, which includes the European Parliament’s proposal for a revised draft of the...more

Uruguay receives data protection adequacy recognition from EU Commission

The EU Commission recognised Uruguay's legal framework as providing 'adequate protection' for personal data under the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, in a decision issued on 23 August 2012 - almost two years after the...more

Europe: WP29’s BSPR document a ‘massive contribution’ to global data protection

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) adopted – on 6 June 2012 – a Working Document 02/2012 (WP195), which describes the conditions for Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) for data processors or Binding Safe Processor Rules (BSPRs)....more

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