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Japan and South Korea in the Pipeline for Adequacy Decision

In early 2017, the EU Commission published a communication about “Exchanging and Protecting Personal Data in a Globalized World” in which the EU Commission prioritizes discussions on possible adequacy decision with key...more

The Validity of EU-U.S. Personal Data Export Tools: A Pending Issue

Between the cancellation of the Safe Harbor by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the adoption of the Privacy Shield, a number of data exporters have relied on the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) as the...more

Expected Soon: Modifications of the Standard Contractual Clauses

The European Commission very recently presented two draft implementing decisions amending the existing adequacy decision on standard contractual clauses. These drafts were presented to the Article 31 Committee, which is...more

Is the Privacy Shield Viable? Article 29 Working Party Proposes to Wait for Its Final Verdict

After its first draft of February 29, 2016, the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield adequacy decision on July 12, 2016. The first draft was adopted after the cancellation of the Safe Harbor by the Court of...more

New Threat to Transatlantic Personal Data Transfers: Possible Invalidation of Standard Contractual Clauses

Since 2013 revelations about U.S. mass surveillance, the transfers of personal data between the EU and the U.S. have encountered regular legal threats: cancellation of the Safe Harbor by the Court of Justice of the European...more

New Tough and Harmonized Framework for EU Data Protection

On April 8, 2016, the Council of the EU adopted the final text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). On April 14, the EU Parliament approved the Council’s decision. Twenty days after its publication in the...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

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Better or Worse?

According to a tweet, Giovanni Buttarelli - the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) - declared during the 2016 edition of the conference Computers, Privacy and Data held in Brussels: “Don’t do it again!” This...more

2016: A Turning Point For Personal Data Protection

In 2015, a number of high-profile media and political events and several legal cases raised questions about personal data protection in the European Union. 2016 looks to be a pivotal year for reforms in personal data...more

EU Happy Holiday Present: The GDPR

On December 15, the EU Commission, Parliament and the EU Council reached an agreement, via the “trilogue” meetings on EU data protection reform. The reform consists of two legal instruments...more

Facebook Sentenced to a Daily Fine of 250,000 Euros by a Belgian Court

Once again, Facebook is in the spotlight. On November 9, following the Recommendation 04/2015 of May 13, 2015, issued by the Belgian Data Protection Authority (Belgian DPA) that we mentioned in a previous blog post, a Belgian...more

Safe Harbor Invalidated by the CJEU; Are There Other Solutions for Transatlantic Transfers?

After the October 6, 2015, decision of the CJEU, it is clear that transfers of personal data may no longer take place under the Safe Harbor. This was confirmed with no ambiguity by the Article 29 Working Party (Group 29,...more

Means, Other Than Safe Harbor, of Transferring Personal Data to the U.S. Potentially Vitiated?

After the decision of October 6, 2015, of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) invalidating the decision from the EU Commission (Decision 2000/520) on the Safe Harbor, transfer of personal data to the U.S. based on Standard...more

CJEU Declares the EU Commission Safe Harbor Decision Invalid

On October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled that the Safe Harbor decision from the EU Commission (Decision 2000/520) is invalid. The ruling seems more severe than the opinion rendered on September 23,...more

Cacophony in the E.U. About National Data Retention Laws

The European Commission made it clear on September 16, 2015, that the issue of whether to introduce national data retention laws is a national decision. The European Commission has no intention of going back on this statement...more

Advocate General Bot Proposes That CJEU Declare the Safe Harbor Invalid

On September 23, 2015, Advocate General Yves Bot delivered an opinion on the issue of the transfer of personal data from Facebook Ireland to Facebook USA, in light of the generalized access the National Security Agency (NSA)...more

Belgian Data Protection Authority Sues Facebook Over Privacy Breaches

As already stated in a previous blog post, on May 13, 2015, the Belgian Data Protection Authority issued a recommendation in which it expressed its concern about Facebook tracking users, non-users and logged-out users without...more

French Data Protection Authority Sanctioned For Not Anonymizing A Decision

Even the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL – Commission Nationale de l’Information et des Libertés) can be sued for the violation of its own recommendations. Following is its recommendation regarding the anonymization of...more

6/18/2015  /  Anonymization , CNIL , France

The French Data Protection Authority Puts Google On Notice To Delist Domain Names Beyond Site’s EU Extensions

One, of course, recalls the May 13, 2014 decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the “right to be forgotten”. As a result, the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL – Commission Nationale de...more

EU Council Confirms the Forthcoming Strong Enforcement of Fundamental Right to Data Protection

A recent leaked draft proposal reveals the position of the E.U. Council as regards to the fines system that will come into force under the proposed new General Data Protection Regulation in the E.U. member states. The huge...more

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