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Belgian Court Uses Novel Argument to Assume International Jurisdiction over Non-EU Facebook Entities

by Alston & Bird on

On February 16, 2018, the Brussels Court of First Instance rendered a judgment in proceedings brought by the Belgian Privacy Commission’s against Facebook. The case forms one part of two-tiered litigation brought by the...more

US Companies Doing Business in the EU or Impacting EU Individuals Must Comply with the EU GDPR by May 25, 2018

by FordHarrison on

Companies with people in the EU or doing business in the EU need to be thinking about the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and whether the regulations apply to them. In approximately two months, the EU’s GDPR...more

Why Your Small U.S. Business Should Care About GDPR

by Barley Snyder on

You’re not alone if your small business hasn’t been paying close attention to the fact that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes live May 25. ...more

European E-Commerce Markets: Competition Initiatives for 2018

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Summary - As part of the EU’s Digital Single Market initiative, the European Commission has been working to identify potential competition concerns affecting European e-commerce markets. The Commission suspects that...more

The Technology, Media & Telecommunications Review, Eighth Edition - Japan

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This fully updated eighth edition of The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review provides an overview of evolving legal constructs in 26 jurisdictions around the world. It is intended as a business-focused framework...more

German Court Issues Important Judgment on Consent and Transparency in Facebook Case

by Reed Smith on

The Regional Court of Berlin held in a judgment of 16 January 2018 (docket no. 16 O 341/15, German language version of the judgment available here) that Facebook’s default privacy settings and parts of their terms and...more

China Publishes National Standard for Personal Data Protection

by Morgan Lewis on

With increased concerns regarding the safety of individual personal information, the Chinese government has clarified its existing data privacy rules regarding the collection, processing, usage, and more of personal data....more

Data Protection Impact Assessment

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Article 35 of the GDPR provides for Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA). According to Article 35(1) a DPIA is required when “the processing [of data] is likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of...more

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): action plan for pension scheme trustees - (revised March 2018)

by Hogan Lovells on

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply directly in the UK from 25 May 2018, and will make some fundamental changes to the current requirements surrounding data protection. Key areas of change...more

Antitrust Alert: French Competition Authority Concludes Online Advertising Sector Inquiry And Announces Possible Further Actions

by Jones Day on

The French Competition Authority ("FCA") has published the results of its sector-specific inquiry into display online advertising. The 125-page opinion of March 6, 2018, ("Opinion") identifies potential competition concerns...more

New Fee Charging Structure to Fund the UK Information Commissioner’s Office

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK Government has announced a new three-tier charging structure for data controllers to ensure the continued funding of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to come into effect on 25 May 2018 to coincide with the...more

EU Regulation Reform - Unjustified Geo-Blocking To Be Phased Out By End Of 2018

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Geo-blocking is the practice of preventing internet users in one jurisdiction from accessing services elsewhere based on the user’s geographic location. The European Commission wants to eliminate geo-blocking within the EU –...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: March 2018

by K&L Gates LLP on

Antitrust and Competition - Another transaction in the technology sector referred to the European Commission for its review - The European Commission (“Commission”) is yet again set to review a transaction in the technology...more

Countdown to GDPR: Policies and Procedures

by Thomas Fox on

Today we are going to take a look at some of the basic policies and procedures that you need to have in place to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) effective May 2018. I am joined in the exploration...more

Top five concerns with GDPR compliance

On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s (EU) Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will require businesses around the world transacting business within the EU to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens....more

January 2018 Commission Guidance on the General Data Protection Regulation was Issued to The European Parliament & Council

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On January 24, 2018 the European Commission issued a communication (Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council (COM (2018) 43 final (EN))) describing the status of the completed and ongoing...more

MarkIt to Market® - February 2018

The February 2018 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® discusses changes to Canadian trademark law, Federal Trade Commission versus California state rules for the "Made in the USA" designator, and lists the new gTLD...more

What the EU’s New Data Regulations Mean for the US

by Cozen O'Connor on

On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect. The GDPR was adopted in April 2016, and designed to protect the privacy rights of EU individuals through enhanced personal data...more

Countdown to GDPR-The Role of a Data Protection Officer

by Thomas Fox on

In today’s episode of Countdown to General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP), Jonathan Armstrong, a partner at Cordery Compliance Ltd in London, and myself consider the role of the Data Protection Officer (DPO) in complying...more

Beyond The European Union: How The GDPR Affects US Companies

by Carlton Fields on

The effective date of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Reg. (EU) 2016/679, is fast approaching and will affect many organizations across the globe, even those not located in the EU. ...more

CLOUD Act Aims for Clear Skies: Bipartisan CLOUD Act Seeks to Clarify Law Enforcement Access to Overseas Data

by Bracewell LLP on

In October 2017, the Supreme Court granted the Department of Justice’s petition to review the Second Circuit’s decision that limits the reach of warrants issued under the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”). Specifically, the...more

Kolvin Stone Discusses How Law Firms Can Prepare for the GDPR

Kolvin Stone, a partner in Orrick’s Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation practice in London, recently spoke with The Times’ The Brief Premium on how law firms can prepare for the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation...more

GDPR May 25th Deadline Approaching – Businesses Globally Will Feel Impact

In less than four months, the General Data Protection Regulation (the "GDPR" or the "Regulation") will take effect in the European Union/European Economic Area, giving individuals in the EU/EEA greater control over their...more

Can the EU Deliver? The EU Regulation on Cross-border Parcel Delivery

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The European Union (EU) has reached a provisional agreement on a proposed new Regulation on EU cross-border parcel delivery services. The European Commission’s aim is to make pricing and tariffs more transparent and give...more

Breaking Down the #Memo

By now you’ve likely heard of, and perhaps read, the much-vaunted memorandum written by the Republican majority staffers on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and released to the public this past...more

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