Surveillance

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EU Law Making Bodies Entered into an Agreement on the New EU Medical Devices Regulations on May 25, 2016

On May 25, 2016, the European Parliament, European Council and the European Commission agreed on new rules regarding the approval and surveillance of medical devices and in vitro diagnostics for the European market. The...more

The End of the “Safe Harbor” Rule for E.U./U.S. Data Transfer: How Can Companies Transfer Personal Data and Remain Compliant?

Directive 95/46/EC of 24 October 1995 - Articles 25 and 26 - The transfer of personal data to a third country is allowed: ..if the third country ensures an adequate level of protection; the Commission can...more

UK relies on EU Treaty exception to avoid “anti-FISA” data transfers clause in European General Data Protection Regulation...

In a written statement to Parliament, Baroness Neville-Rolfe confirmed the UK Government’s view that the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU”) means that Article 48 of the GDPR does not apply to the UK....more

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing On FISA

On Tuesday, May 10, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary (the “Judiciary Committee”) held a hearing titled “Oversight and Reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act: The Balance between National Security, Privacy and Civil...more

Innocents Abroad: Privacy considerations for employees working abroad

Dear Ned, I understand that one of your employees will be engaging a six-month temporary assignment around Europe to scope market opportunities, and you’d like to have a better understanding of what to be thinking about...more

To Save Secrecy Lawsuit, Twitter Must Challenge DOJ’s Decision to Classify Surveillance Requests

This month, a federal judge dismissed Twitter’s lawsuit challenging limits on the disclosure of government requests for information on Twitter users, pressing the company to file an amended complaint contesting the...more

Come Back With a Warrant: Proposed Rule Change Expands the Government’s Ability to Access Electronically Stored Information in...

On April 28, 2016 the United States Supreme Court proposed a modification to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41 that significantly alters the manner in which the government can obtain search warrants to access computer...more

Maritime and space industries testing unmanned aircraft technology for surveillance

In response to the migrant crisis in Europe, the European Space Agency and the European Maritime Safety Agency have selected the unmanned aircraft system TEKEVOR for testing the benefits of deploying unmanned aircraft for...more

Privacy Shield Update: A Recap of Recent Developments

On April 13, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), an influential group of European data protection authorities, issued a non-binding opinion that criticized certain elements of the fledgling Privacy Shield framework....more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #23

PSR reviews competition in the payments sector - Carole Begent, PSR Head of Legal, has given a review of competition in the payments sector. She discussed the three ways in which concurrency can be approached, namely the...more

U.S. Spy Court Grants NSA Permission To Collect Telephone Records

The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISA Court”) unsealed an order on April 19, 2016, in which it allowed the National Security Agency (“NSA”) to compel specific telephone records related to an ongoing...more

Texas resident makes claims that Texas drone law is unconstitutional

Last week, Texas resident, Manuel Flores, filed suit in Texas challenging the constitutionality of the state’s drone surveillance law. His suit claims that the law treats approximately 1 million residents categorically...more

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! Preventing the Application of the Section 20(a) Presumption with Surveillance

The recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Bis Salamis, Inc. v. Director, OWCP (Joseph Meeks), No. 15-60148 (March 17, 2016), highlights how the defense to a claim under the Longshore and Harbor...more

EU Regulators Decline to Support Privacy Shield Agreement

In the latest twist in the ongoing saga of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield data transfer agreement, EU data protection authorities (commonly known as the Article 29 Working Party) stated on April 13, 2016 that it would not affirm...more

Privacy Shield – Rejected. GDPR – Accepted: What This Means to Your Organization and What You Should Consider Doing Now

The European Union Article 29 Working Party (Article 29) issued an opinion on the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework agreement (Privacy Shield) last week, stating that although the Privacy Shield was a “great step...more

Article 29 Working Party has “Strong Concerns” About Privacy Shield

On April 13, 2016, the EU’s Article 29 Working Party issued its much-anticipated statement on the viability of the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield. As we’ve detailed previously, EU and US officials reached agreement on the...more

Privacy Shield does not achieve adequacy of protection under current regime, say EU Data Protection Authorities

On 13 April, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (‘WP29’) published its opinion on whether the proposed Privacy Shield programme, which is intended to replace the now-invalid Safe Harbor pact for facilitating...more

Article 29 Working Party Criticizes Privacy Shield

On April 13, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party, which is a group composed of representatives of the national data protection authorities in Europe (“WP29”), published its opinion (“Opinion”) on the EU–U.S. Privacy Shield....more

Privacy Shield Pierced? Article 29 Working Party Expresses Concern with Agreement

The Article 29 Working Party (The Working Party), which includes representative data protection authorities from each EU member country and the European Data Protection Supervisor, issued a 58-page opinion yesterday that...more

EU Data Protection Authorities: Privacy Shield needs more work

European Data Protection Authorities have announced that, in their view, further work is required to ensure the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield provides sufficient protection to European data transferred to the United...more

WP 29 Expresses Concerns About EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

This April 13, the Article 29 Working Party (WP 29, which includes the EU national data protection authorities) expressed its concerns regarding the Privacy Shield during a press conference. The WP 29 will publish its...more

Privacy Shield is on its Way

On March 17, 2016, the Civil Liberties Committee convened to discuss whether the Privacy Shield framework that will replace Safe Harbor provides adequate protection to the data of EU citizens. A number of experts were...more

Mixing Employee Surveillance and Big Data

No doubt, this is big data’s time. Businesses have begun to make decisions based on data and data analytics, rather than relying on gut instincts or business acumen. Data-driven business has proven to be successful, but we...more

EU-US Privacy Shield: Brace Yourself . . . or Maybe Not

On February 29, 2016, the European Commission and United States released the terms of the much-anticipated renewed framework for the transfer, sharing, and processing of European individuals’ data to the United States. The...more

President Obama Signs New Privacy Law – Judicial Redress Act

On February 24, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Judicial Redress Act giving citizens of certain “covered countries” access to U.S. courts to protect their privacy and take legal action against U.S. government...more

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