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First EU-wide cybersecurity regime set to enter force in August 2016 after final approval by European Parliament

The European Parliament gave final approval to the Network and Information Security Directive (“Directive”), the first-ever EU-wide cybersecurity standards, on July 6, 2016. The Directive seeks to improve the cybersecurity...more

Are Dynamic IP Addresses Personal Data? A Primer

Last month, one of the Advocate Generals (“AG”) of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), Manuel Campos Sánchez-Bordona, issued an opinion suggesting that dynamic IP addresses should be recognized as “personal...more

Digital Single Market update – revised cross-border portability of online content services proposal leaked

In December 2015 we published a briefing on the European Commission's proposal and draft Regulation on ensuring the cross-border portability of online content services in the EU. By way of reminder, the Regulation seeks to...more

The Digital Download - Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Newsletter – May 2016

Special Focus on “Safe Harbor 2.0,” Privacy Shield and E.U. Data Transfers: Alston & Bird’s privacy team has been closely following the development of Privacy Shield, the proposed successor to the E.U.-U.S. Safe Harbor...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2016

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine the FCC's proposed privacy rules for broadband providers; new developments relating to the Privacy Shield, which was created to replace the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor...more

Travelling With Your Online Account in Europe

The European Commission’s proposal for cross-border portability of online content services for consumers is poised to bring changes to territorial licensing in the EU - Last year, we reported on the Commission’s...more

Equal online access for all? Net neutrality enshrined in the EU

The European Parliament recently adopted a new regulation on mobile roaming and the open internet (the Regulation) which comes into effect on 30 April 2016. The Regulation brings into effect two important changes. Firstly,...more

Liability of Online Intermediaries: Consultation Now Open

Earlier this year we outlined the proposals made by the European Commission regarding online intermediaries and their role in tackling illegal content on the internet. If the Commission implements its proposals, this might...more

EU Data Privacy Challenges In Responding To Data Requests Made By U.S. Authorities

Regulators, courts and law enforcement authorities in the U.S. (and other jurisdictions around the globe) have an insatiable appetite for access to data held by a range of companies, including in particular financial...more

Communications Networks – update on UK and EU regulatory reviews

In March, Ofcom announced its decision to undertake a strategic review of the telecommunications sector, having not carried out such a review since 2005. In parallel, the EU is currently reviewing regulation within the...more

Consultation on Europe's audiovisual media framework

One of the stated aims of the European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy is to bring the EU audiovisual media sector into line with the "digital age". As part of this goal, the Commission has launched a...more

Cyber Security - Risk Management and Mitigation

In This Issue: - Agenda - Current Threat Environment - Current Threat Environment - Strategic Importance - Asian Data Privacy Regimes At-A-Glance - Data Protection: Regional temp - Asia-Pacific...more

Free Wi-Fi: German Court Seeks Clarification in Luxembourg

Compared to other countries, Germany lags behind when it comes to free Wi-Fi spots. A recent study conducted by the Association of the German Internet Industry has shown that of around one million public hotspots in Germany...more

European Commission Publishes Strategy on the Digital Single Market

On 6 May the European Commission released the EU’s Digital Single Market strategy (the ‘DSM Strategy’), with the declared objective to tear down the obstacles to doing business online. The DSM Strategy has been released...more

Germany’s Magic Portal

Representing about 40 million TV households, Germans now receive virtually all on-demand content by Blu-ray Disc or DVD. Video-on-demand services are set to change that over the next three to five years, says Christoph...more

EU High Court Overturns Telecom Data Retention Requirements

The Court of Justice of the European Union, the highest court in the EU, declared the EU’s 2006 Data Retention Directive invalid in a judgment issued on April 8, 2014. The directive, which has been implemented via national...more

Net Neutrality in the EU – latest status

The European Parliament has (on 3rd April) voted (at first reading) on a legislative proposal which includes new rules on “net neutrality”. The text of this is not yet available in English but this note is based on our own...more

The Umpire Strikes Back: European Court Rules That ISPs Can Be Forced to Block Pirate Websites

On March 27, 2014, the highest court in the European Union—the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU)—decided that copyright owners have the right to seek injunctions against Internet service providers (ISPs)...more

French Courts Ordered to Block and Delist 16 Streaming Websites

Last November, French courts have, for the first time, ordered to block entire video streaming websites based on specific laws against copyright infringement (Hadopi 2009 laws1). To some authors, this decision is questionable...more

Fight against Cyber bullying more successful after self-regulatory code?

Cyber bullying might be better prevented as a consequence of the self-regulatory code whose draft version is now subject to a consultation run by the Italian Ministry of the Economic Development....more

Italian Online Copyright Protection… Here we go with the AGCOM Regulation!

After a long consultation process, the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) published the long awaited regulations on the protection of copyright on the Internet and media, which among other things provide for a notice...more

Europe: Mosley v Google – game, set but not match yet.

On November 6, a Paris Court ordered Google to filter out hyperlinks to images of former F1 boss Max Mosley in an allegedly Nazi-themed sadomasochistic orgy. (TGI Paris, 17e ch., 6 novembre 2013, RG 11/07970, Max Mosley c....more

Should we worry about Safe Harbor being suspended because of the NSA’s PRISM Program?

(LONDON) Various data protection power players have called for the suspension or curtailment of the US Safe Harbor program ever since the Snowden revelations that the US NSA has required large internet service providers such...more

Foreign Territory for U.S. Digital Media Providers: The Legal Terrain in Italy

In this ever-growing world of global digital media, U.S. digital media providers are increasingly finding themselves subjected to the varying, and in some instances, evolving laws related to intellectual property protection...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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