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Political Agreement Reached on US-EU Safe Harbor; Details “Hazy”

According to press reports, European Union and U.S. negotiators in Brussels finalized what is being called a “political agreement” on a new Safe Harbor transatlantic data transfer agreement. European Union justice...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - Historic New 'Privacy Shield' Agreement to Replace EU-US Safe Harbor"

Two days after the original January 31 deadline, the European Union and United States have announced a replacement for the Safe Harbor agreement — the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield — which, if approved, will provide a new framework...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

Happy Data Protection Day! ICO and Senate Committee’s spotlight on data protection

In preparation for European Data Protection Day on 28 January, the ICO commissioned a survey on attitudes towards data protection. The YouGov poll revealed growing public concern over data privacy and security. Of more...more

Data Protection, Privacy and Security Alert: Long-awaited Turkish Data Protection Law Draws Nearer

With the opening of a new chapter in relations between Turkey and the European Union, Turkey has been expediting several legislative steps which are part of the conditions for its accession into the EU. Enacting a specific...more

Current State of “Safe Harbor 2.0” And Steps Your Business May Need to Take

Last year, the European Court of Justice issued a judgment invalidating the safe harbor framework for US-EU data sharing, creating uncertainty and a number of questions about what is, and is not, permissible when sharing data...more

International Data Privacy: How to Navigate the Challenges

Hardly a day goes by when the news doesn't include some privacy-related story or scandal. To name just a few recent examples, we've seen: ..Highly publicized losses of customer credit card data by household-name...more

If Safe Harbor is dead in the water, what does that mean for you?

The invalidation of the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor framework in October 2015 has created uncertainty for businesses that were reliant on the regime to transfer data to the United States, and has caused political shockwaves on both...more

Ten Steps For U.S. Multinational Employers Towards Compliance With Europe’s New Data Protection Framework – The General Data...

The European Union’s (EU) new data protection framework, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (the “Regulation”), is, at bottom, a response to the astonishing evolution in online commerce. As a result, only one of...more

"Emerging Trends in Privacy and Cybersecurity"

Entering 2016, the relentless stream of cyberattacks continues unabated, having become a "business as usual" reality to which companies must adapt. All companies, regardless of size or industry, are potential targets, and the...more

EU Safe Harbor Update: No Solution in January?

As we have noted previously, in the wake of the ECJ’s decision that undid the US-EU Safe Harbor, we were told that there would be no enforcement of the EU Directive until after January 31, to allow the US and EU to hammer out...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

The Digital Download - Privacy & Data Security Monthly Newsletter - January 2016

Senior Counsel Peter Swire to Debate European Privacy Activist Max Schrems. The debate, set to take place on January 26 in Brussels, will highlight key differences between certain European and U.S. attitudes towards U.S....more

The European Union Reaches Agreement New Data Privacy and Security Standards - The EU Centralizes and Toughens Data Protection...

On December 15, 2015, European officials issued a Press Release announcing an agreement to enact common standards for data protection across all 28 member states to “put an end to the patchwork of data protection rules that...more

Intrusive Surveillance Technologies next on the agenda for the EDPS

In an Opinion and press release issued 15 December 2015, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli, urged caution over the trade and use of covert monitoring technologies. The Opinion focussed on...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - December 2015

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we provide a detailed summary of the sweeping changes to be imposed by the European Union’s new data protection regulation, which will require many companies to begin...more

What US Companies Need to Know About New EU Data Protection Rules

On December 15, the European Commission put forward the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which—subject to formal adoption by the European Parliament in 2016—will replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive, the...more

Update on EU data protection regulation

On December 17, 2015, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee approved the final text of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation, after lengthy negotiation....more

Europe’s New Global Data Protection Law

After nearly four years of amendments and negotiations, the European Parliament, Council of the European Union and European Commission reached a political agreement on the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on...more

Introduction of new EU General Data Protection Regulation: final stages

The EU institutions have completed ‘trilogue’ negotiations on the text of the General Data Protection Regulation, bringing the new European data protection regime very close to final - On 17 December 2015, an...more

The EU General Data Protection Regulation

On December 15, 2015, European Union (“EU”) politicians and officials reached a political agreement on a new EU-wide legal framework to govern data sharing and collection and related consumer privacy rights. It is called the...more

Plaster of Paris: US Companies Get Wrapped in EU Data Privacy Rules

Have any data on people in the UK or France? New EU data privacy rules will be setting de facto global standards that will apply to US companies, like it or not. Europe’s lawmakers have given a preview of the new...more

Alert: Welcome Progress on EU Data Protection Regulations

After nearly four years of waiting and constantly moving deadlines, the European Parliament has finally agreed on the text of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). What's the big deal? It has been 25...more

EU Data Protection Reform Will Force Big Changes Globally

Earlier this week, on December 15, 2015, EU officials approved the text of new data privacy regulations after nearly four years of discussions. The EU-wide bill, which will supersede what is now known as the EU Data...more

GDPR Text Approved

On December, 17, 2015, following the announcement that European officials had agreed on the language of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR” or “Regulation”), the EU Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee...more

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