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What Can We Expect From The EU General Data Protection Regulation?

After over three years of discussions at many levels, it is now clear that the proposed EU data protection framework will be revised, and that it will be in the form of a Regulation – the General Data Protection Regulation....more

European Court of Justice Invalidates Safe Harbor

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice invalidated “Safe Harbor”, a pact which for nearly fifteen years allowed United States companies to transfer electronic data from European companies and satisfy accompanying...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - October 2015

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we discuss what companies need to know in the wake of the EU Court of Justice's rejection of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework and take a look at the following important...more

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

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

Data privacy in the Americas - At a glance

As multinational employers are aware, data privacy laws can vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Ensuring compliance with the different requirements can be challenging, and the penalties for noncompliance can be...more

No Safe Harbor: Why U.S. Companies Must Be Aware of Europe’s Privacy Rules

The European Union has consistently provided its residents greater data protection than the United States. Directive 95/46/EC outlines specific requirements for data protection, including a provision that transfers of...more

Safe Harbor Invalidated

Last Tuesday, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated the US-EU Safe Harbor framework in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner. The Safe Harbor provided companies with a self-certification process through the US...more

ECJ Invalidates Safe Harbor: Background Screeners Should Re-Evaluate Their Basis for EU-US Data Transfers

Since 2000, the EU-US Safe Harbor program has been one means by which eligible US companies could transfer personal data from the European Union (EU) to the United States in accordance with EU law regulating transfers of...more

Non-compliance with new EU data privacy rules can be costly

On October 6, Europe’s highest court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, struck down the “Safe Harbor Framework,” which existed between the United States and the EU for 15 years. This has an impact on companies...more

Litigation Alert: The CJEU's Decision on Safe Harbor and its Effects on US Technology Companies

The CJEU’s Decision on Safe Harbor and its Effects on US Technology Companies - On October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), the European Union’s highest court, issued a groundbreaking...more

EU Court Rejects “Safe Harbor” Agreement Permitting Customer Data Transfers to U.S.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has struck down the 15-year-old “Safe Harbor” agreement that permitted companies operating in Europe to transmit personal user data to the United States, as long as the U.S. ensures an...more

European Court of Justice Invalidates Safe Harbor Adequacy Finding: Organizations Should Re-evaluate Their Basis for EU-US Data...

On October 6th, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its opinion in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (C-362/14), a case which, among other things, challenged the validity of the European Commission’s 2000 finding...more

Now What? Europe’s High Court Sinks the U.S. – EU Safe Harbor Data Transfer Program

Life just got a lot more confusing, complicated and expensive for organizations that transmit personal data to the United States from the European Union (EU) under the frequently-used U.S. – EU Safe Harbor program. Why?...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

The FTC Continues to Flex its Safe Harbor Enforcement Muscles

On August 17, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced settlements with 13 companies on charges that they misled consumers by claiming that they were certified members of the U.S.-EU or U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor...more

Have You Had Your Annual Checkup? The FTC Cracks Down on Inaccurate U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Claims

While the U.S.-EU “Safe Harbor” Framework for transferring data into the United States is hardly new — it was approved 15 years ago — the Federal Trade Commission has recently focused its enforcement efforts on companies that...more

EU Data Privacy Update: European Council Approves Agreement to Data Privacy Reform

European regulators took another step forward on the protracted and procedurally involved path to EU-wide data privacy reform earlier this month when the European Council (the organization of the individual member states)...more

Privacy Tuesday – May 2015: Shaping Up — Update on the EU’s Draft General Data Protection Regulation

On this Privacy Tuesday, we can definitely say that the long winter of our discontent (at least for some of our readers) is over. Happy spring!...more

NJ Connected Car law changes the landscape of IoT

The recent approval by New Jersey of a law on the ownership of data generated by connected cars might have an impact on the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) providing an interesting approach also for European privacy...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

Privacy: What the World Has to Say About It

Let’s face it: technology has made the world smaller. It’s no longer extraordinary for what was once termed a “mid-sized” or “regional” company to trade and outsource in foreign markets. Indeed, the Internet has made it...more

German Court Finds 25 Provisions in Google’s Online Terms of Use and Privacy Policy to Be Unenforceable

In November 2013, the Berlin District Court ruled that all of the 25 provisions in Google’s online terms of use and privacy policy that had been challenged by the German Federation of Consumer Associations (VZBV) are...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

Privacy on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

After the settlement approved by the US District Court of Northern California obliging Facebook to pay $20 million for putting users’ names and faces in “Sponsored Story” ads without their permission and without paying them,...more

A Cautionary Tale: EU Probing Google for Possible Privacy Violations

The increasing difficulties faced by internet providers and data gatherers in the international realm have yet again come to the fore. Privacy regulators in France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and...more

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