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Europe Explores Data Ownership

by Reed Smith on

Machine-generated data is a hot commodity, but who owns this information? As more and more valuable data are generated, should there be legislation to establish ownership and, potentially, access rights? The European...more

“Building a European Data Economy” – Summary Report on the Right to Data Consultation

by Reed Smith on

Data is the new oil – the metaphor neatly sums up what market participants have long known. In the age of the Internet of Things, data can be a valuable commodity. Does anyone own this commodity? If no, does the digital...more

House of Lords Publishes Report on Brexit and the EU Data Protection Package

by Reed Smith on

The House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee (“the Committee”) has published a report on the EU Data Protection Package and the impact of Brexit (“the Report”). The Report considers the implications of the UK’s exit from...more

The EC New Alert Mechanism to Detect Cartels: A Teaser Before a European General Framework for Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing has been part of the U.S. legal tradition, if not since the resolution passed by the Continental Congress in 1778, at least since the adoption of the 1863 False Claims Act. With regard to the disclosure of...more

Facebook Sentenced to a €110 Million Fine at the Intersection of Competition Law and Data Protection Law

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On May 18, 2017, the EU Commission sentenced Facebook to a “proportionate and deterrent” fine of €110 million for providing misleading information during the investigation of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. This decision...more

Europe’s Proposed ePrivacy Regulation Receives Support Of Member State Working Group

by King & Spalding on

Last week, the European Union’s (“EU”) data protection authority, known as the Article 29 Working Party (“Working Party”), declared its support for the European Commission’s (“EC”) proposed ePrivacy Regulation (alternatively,...more

Deeper Dive: Security Incident Notification Under the New EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

by BakerHostetler on

As noted in the 2017 BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report, the enactment of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) represents the most significant change in European data protection law in more than...more

Swire Discusses European Data Economy at European Political Strategy Centre Policy Hearing

by Alston & Bird on

Peter Swire, Alston & Bird Senior Counsel and Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Scheller College of Business, recently participated in a policy hearing held by...more

There Is More To Come In Europe: The Draft Of The ePrivacy Regulation

by King & Spalding on

In January 2017, the European Commission (the “EC”) published its proposal for a new ePrivacy Regulation (the “ePrivacy Proposal”), which will replace the ePrivacy Directive of 2002 (2002/58/EC) and the Cookie Directives of...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - April 7th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Below please find this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 7, 2017. The recently released European Commission’s report on the hotel industry headlines this week’s Update. - European...more

Regulation Round Up - February 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The FCA and PRA announced changes to enforcement process with the aim of strengthening the transparency and effectiveness of enforcement decision-making processes. Some of the changes have already come into force, the rest...more

The EU Winter Package Briefing Paper

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Clean energy for all Europeans - On 30 November 2016 the Commission published its so-called ‘Winter Package’ of eight proposals to facilitate the transition to a ‘clean energy economy’ and to reform the design and...more

Will European Privacy in the United States be Trumped?

In recent weeks there has been significant debate among commentators about whether Europeans’ privacy is becoming less protected in the US and what that may mean for the privacy protection arrangements between the EU and the...more

Interview with Jan Albrecht, Dr. Stefan Brink and Tim Wybitul on the New German Data Protection Bill

by Hogan Lovells on

On 1 February 2017, the German federal cabinet adopted a draft data protection bill. The planned implementation statute aims to supplement and further define the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which will come into...more

"Big Data an Ongoing Concern for EU Competition Law"

The question of how "big data" should be treated in merger control and antitrust enforcement was a key issue for the European Commission and national regulators in European Union member states in 2016, with competition...more

Building the EU Data Economy: Time for an Upgrade?

by Reed Smith on

The EU Commission recently launched a Public consultation on Building the European data economy. The objective behind the consultation is to feed into the Commission’s future policy agenda on the European data economy in...more

Top 12 EU Legal Developments to Watch in 2017

Sheppard Mullin’s EU team has created a list of major legal shifts that await General Counsel and Compliance Officers in the areas of competition, EU regulatory and trade in 2017. These challenges may have an impact on your...more

Cookies, Directories, Advertising and Personal Data: New EU Rules on Privacy in Electronic Communications

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Digital Single Market Strategy ("DSM Strategy") had, as an objective, to increase trust in and the security of digital services. In that context, the EC proposed a reform of the data protection framework across the EU,...more

EU Commission Publishes Its Proposals for New e-Privacy Regulation

by Reed Smith on

On 10 January, the EU Commission proposed a new Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (“proposed Regulation”) to replace Directive 2002/58 (known as the “ePrivacy Directive”). The proposed Regulation...more

DSM Watch: European Commission's data package explores data ownership, localization, liability and portability, highlighting...

by Hogan Lovells on

On January 10, 2017, the European Commission released a Communication, a fact sheet, a working document and a public consultation relating to Europe’s “data economy”. The fact sheet states that “data is a new type of...more

EU Proposed ePrivacy Rules to Extend to all Electronic Communications Providers

by Morgan Lewis on

On January 10, the European Commission proposed new legislation that would update and supplement current ePrivacy rules and extend their scope to all providers of electronic communication services. The following is a...more

EU Releases Amendments to Model Clause and Country-Whitelisting Decisions – with Good News for Companies

by Alston & Bird on

Most privacy professionals are familiar with the European Court of Justice’s 2015 Schrems decision, which struck down the US-EU Safe Harbor mechanism. One lesser-discussed aspect of the ECJ’s decision related to the powers...more

United Kingdom to Implement EU General Data Protection Regulation

by Morgan Lewis on

UK Secretary of State Karen Bradley recently confirmed that the United Kingdom will implement the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the regulation by which the European Commission intends to...more

Privacy Rights Group Files First Legal Challenge to EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

by BakerHostetler on

Digital Rights Ireland, an Irish privacy advocacy group, has filed the first legal challenge to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the Trans-Atlantic agreement reached earlier this year to permit the lawful transfer of personal data...more

The Privacy Shield: September 30, 2016, Deadline for Early Self-Certification Offers Compliance Opportunity and Risk

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The European Commission recently determined that the Privacy Shield Framework is adequate to legitimize data transfers under EU law, providing a replacement for the Safe Harbor program. The Privacy Shield is designed to...more

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