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ICO Responds to the ePrivacy Directive Consultation

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

EU-US Privacy Shield Framework Formally Adopted

On July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally adopted the Privacy Shield, a new transatlantic framework for the transfer of personal data from the European Union (EU) and certain countries of the European Economic Area...more

The implications of Brexit on the entertainment and media industry

While the United Kingdom will not leave the European Union overnight, it is important to consider what the result of the Brexit referendum means to the entertainment and media industry. What are the challenges? How do we...more

European Union Member States Vote In Support Of The Privacy Shield

On July 8, 2016, the European Union (“EU”) member states voted in support of the Privacy Shield through the Article 31 Committee, which is composed of representatives of the 28 member states. The Privacy Shield would replace...more

Draft Privacy Guidelines for Mobile Health App Developers Published

Mobile health or ‘mHealth’ applications commonly raise complex privacy issues as a result of processing large amounts of sensitive personal data. Following the publication of its Green Paper on the topic in 2014, the European...more

EU Privacy Shield Status Update

While it’s making few headlines, the European Commission is still working to finalize Privacy Shield, and it’s even possible that Privacy Shield will pass a key hurdle by the end of this month. The Commission is still...more

Data Transfer Without Safe Harbors

European privacy law is a bold new world for U.S. businesses doing business in Europe. An October Court of Justice ruling struck down the Safe Harbor arrangement which had governed E.U.-U.S. data transfer transactions for...more

The European Cloud Initiative: Will Data Protection Requirements Cause Stormy Weather?

The European Commission (EC) recently proposed the European Cloud Initiative (ECI): a plan to create a world-class data infrastructure to store, manage, transport and process data at high speeds. The primary aims are to...more

Data transfers in limbo – U.S. companies face fines by German data protection authorities

While EU regulators determine whether to adopt a new agreement for transfers of personal data from Europe to the United States to replace the invalid EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework, German data protection authorities have not...more

European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Revision of ePrivacy Directive

Pursuant to its Digital Single Market strategy and adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation on the revision of Directive 2002/58/EC, better...more

Privacy Shield Released - How Employers Can Take Advantage of the New European Data Transfer Framework

Background - The EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (the “Directive”) creates the legal framework for national data-protection laws in each EU member state. The Directive states that personal data may only be...more

Passage of the U.S. Redress Act Raises Confidence in Privacy Protection for Transatlantic Data Flows

The U.S. Judicial Redress Act has been signed into law by President Obama. The move marks an important step in data transfer relations between the EU and the United States, gives the green light to the EU-U.S. law enforcement...more

One Step Closer: Draft Text of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Released March 1, 2016

The U.S. and EU are one step closer to implementing the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. On March 1, 2016, the European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce announced the release of the legal texts that will put in place...more

Article: Safe Harbor No More: Navigating Unchartered Waters After the European Court of Justice Ruled the European Commission’s...

Not surprisingly, different governments and regulatory bodies have different views on how to strike the right balance as to the protection of the individual’s right to privacy (especially personal data), the facilitation of...more

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

How to Use the EU Model Clauses

The EU Commission has created model contracts for data transfers (the “Model Contracts”) and determined that organizations which use the Model Contracts offer sufficient safeguards for cross-border data transfer as required...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

EU Reaches Agreement on New Privacy Regulations

The European Commission has announced final agreement on the General Data Protection Regulation, the EU-wide data protection framework that will replace the current fragmented structure under the nearly 20-year-old Data...more

Political Agreement on European Data Protection Regulation

A political compromise has been reached on the new European Data Protection Regulation. On December 15, 2015, the negotiators in the so-called “informal trilogue” between the Council, the Parliament and the European...more

At long last . . . the EU General Data Protection Regulation negotiations have wrapped up

The EU has announced that the Commission, Parliament and Council have reached agreement on the final shape of the General Data Protection Regulation. The official version will be available early in 2016, but we will be...more

European Union Agrees on Data Protection Reform

Christmas came early for the European Commission, as a multi-year effort to reform the continent’s aging data protection framework was finally agreed upon with the European Parliament and Council, which will significantly...more

Final Negotiations on European Data Protection Regulation

Almost four years after the European Commission introduced their draft for a new European Data Protection Regulation, negotiators of the European Parliament and Council are close to agreeing on a compromise text, set for...more

The European Commission Issues Guidance On Transatlantic Data Transfers

On November 6, 2015, the European Commission (“EC”) released guidance on transatlantic data transfers in light of the ruling by the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) last month invalidating the Safe Harbor framework that had...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: September/October

On 11 September, TeliaSonera and Telenor have abandoned the proposed merger of their business units in Denmark. The contemplated transaction would have resulted in the establishment of a joint venture active in the provision...more

European Commissioner Seeks Higher Data Protection under Revised U.S. Safe Harbour

An exchange of views between the European Parliament and Mrs. Vera Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, revealed ongoing negotiations between the Commission and the U.S. Department of...more

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