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GDPR Compliance Update: Which Government Authorities Have Issued Official GDPR Guidance?

This post provides an update as to the current status of official GDPR-related guidance. With a little under a year remaining until the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable, companies...more

EU regulators welcome stricter rules on cookies and direct marketing

by White & Case LLP on

The European Commission has published a draft Regulation regarding cookies and electronic direct marketing. EU regulators have publicly welcomed the proposal, which has potentially significant consequences for all businesses...more

Meritas Data Protection & Privacy The GDPR - new data governance obligations on businesses

Let’s start with the good news. The current obligation to register with the national data protection authority will be abolished. Along with the fines and criminal offences of failing to do so. In its place, the...more

ICO request feedback on profiling and automated decision-making

by Dentons on

The ICO has published a request for feedback on the GDPR rules on profiling and automated decision making. They say it’s not guidance and just initial thoughts but we think it is a good steer on what the ICO thinks are the...more

UK to implement GDPR regardless of Brexit

by White & Case LLP on

The UK government has confirmed that it will implement the EU General Data Protection Regulation, notwithstanding the UK's decision to leave the EU. This announcement confirms that UK businesses will need to become GDPR...more

UK ICO recommends personal liability of directors for breaches of data protection law

by White & Case LLP on

At a recent Parliamentary meeting to discuss the draft Digital Economy Bill, the UK Information Commissioner recommended imposing personal liability and accountability upon company directors. If such liability is imposed, it...more

ICO Responds to the ePrivacy Directive Consultation

by Reed Smith on

In April, we reported that the European Commission had opened a public consultation seeking the views of various stakeholders on the current wording of, and possible changes to, the Privacy and Electronic Communications...more

Update on the UK’s Information Commissioner, IP Addresses and Russia’s ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Laws

by Reed Smith on

With the Privacy Shield, the Umbrella Agreement and the GDPR capturing significant attention, it would be easy to overlook some of the other important developments that have taken place in the data protection sphere. We have...more

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

by Reed Smith on

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

Round-up of Safe Harbor guidance issued by EU Data Protection Authorities

by Reed Smith on

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

UPDATE: Is Safe Harbor Still Safe? The European Court of Justice Answers with a Resounding “No”

by Wilson Elser on

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

No Safe Harbour? Immediate Implications for Employers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

A landmark decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that companies may no longer rely on “Safe Harbour” to justify transferring personal data from the European Union to the US, because the US Government has a...more

The Safe Harbor Ruling – FAQs and What Your Business Should Do Now

by Reed Smith on

Overview questions - 1. I’m Safe Harbor certified and have seen news articles reporting that “Safe Harbor is invalid”. What does that mean? On 6 October, the European Court of Justice delivered a judgment which...more

UK Patients’ Data Exposed by Group Email

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The 56 Dean Street Clinic, which is operated by the Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust and specializes in HIV and other sexual health services, has apologized for the error which revealed (to all 780 recipients) the full names...more

Europe Under Review: Part 1 Of 8 – Registration

by Dentons on

Over the next few weeks we will be going back to data privacy basics in our eight part “Europe under Review” blog series. We will be comparing current data privacy laws and best practice in the UK with the proposed new state...more

ICO Fine Signals International Risks of Data Breaches

On January 24, 2013, the UK Data Protection Watchdog — the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) — fined Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited £250,000 (about $400,000) for its alleged failure to implement...more

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