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Did U.S. executive order signal trouble for EU citizen privacy rights?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As President Trump settles into office, his administration has issued a flurry of executive orders aimed at reshaping the U.S. government. One order in particular may have a broader impact on global business than originally...more

European Commission Publishes Proposal for Signing the EU-U.S. Umbrella Agreement

by Reed Smith on

The EU-U.S. data protection Umbrella Agreement consists of a framework of principles and safeguards for trans-Atlantic transfers of personal data (such as criminal records, names and addresses) in relation to the prevention,...more

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

by Reed Smith on

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

Rebuilding Trust with the Europeans After Snowden: Obama Signs New Privacy Law

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The U.S. and E.U. are one step closer to entering into a new data transfer agreement. On February 24, 2016, President Barack Obama signed into legislation the Judicial Redress Act, giving citizens of certain allied countries,...more

President Obama Signs the Judicial Redress Act (H.R.1428/S.1600)

As part of implementing the EU-US Privacy Shield, on February 24, 2016, President Obama signed the Judicial Redress Act (H.R.1428/S.1600). This law is designed to give EU citizens the right to sue the U.S. government for...more

Tying it all together: Safe Harbor and Security-Related Data Flows

One of the fascinating aspects of the privacy-related negotiations between the EU and the US over the past couple of years has been the EU’s efforts to decouple trade (e.g, TTIP) and security-related negotiations from the...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: September/October

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

Judicial Redress Act Passes House; May Aid New U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor

by King & Spalding on

On October 20, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Judicial Redress Act (the “Act”) to allow European Union residents to challenge certain privacy violations by the U.S. government in U.S. courts. If passed by the...more

U.S. Congress passes the Judicial Redress Act, but does it provide effective redress?

by Reed Smith on

In an uncharacteristically swift move, the United States Congress passed the Judicial Redress Act (“Act”) on 20 October 2015. The Act proposes to extend safeguards implemented under the Privacy Act 1974, and, if brought into...more

International Life Sciences Data Transfers After Schrems

by Morgan Lewis on

With the recent ruling that the Safe Harbor programme is invalid under European law, life sciences companies will need to review their strategies when exporting patient data to the United States....more

Safe Harbor ruled invalid by the Court of Justice of the European Union

by Reed Smith on

Just two weeks after Advocate General Bot delivered his controversial recommendation that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) should find the Safe Harbor Decision (2000/520/EC of 26 July 2000) to be invalid, the...more

ECJ Rules EU-US Safe Harbor Programme Is Invalid

by Morgan Lewis on

The powers of EU data protection authorities are significantly strengthened by the decision, allowing them to suspend some or all personal data flows into the United States in certain circumstances. In Maximillian...more

Now What? Europe’s High Court Sinks the U.S. – EU Safe Harbor Data Transfer Program

by Snell & Wilmer on

Life just got a lot more confusing, complicated and expensive for organizations that transmit personal data to the United States from the European Union (EU) under the frequently-used U.S. – EU Safe Harbor program. Why?...more

The German Perspective: EU and U.S. Data Protection “Umbrella Agreement”

by McDermott Will & Emery on

After over four years of negotiations, the European Union and the United States have agreed on a framework data protection agreement on 8 September 2015 (Umbrella Agreement). The Umbrella Agreement covers all personal data...more

EU Court Ruling on Safe Harbor Expected 6 October

by Reed Smith on

Last week we blogged about the game-changing ECJ Advocate General recommendation that the court was to find the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor program invalid. It was anticipated that the court would not issue judgment for several...more

Judicial Redress Act Advances

In what may prove to be a major step forward in US-EU privacy relations, the House Judicial Committee approved H.R. 1428, the Judicial Redress Act of 2015, on September 16. If enacted, the bill would allow citizens of...more

Advocate General Bot Proposes That CJEU Declare the Safe Harbor Invalid

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

EU-US Data Flows: Bridging the Cultural Divide?

by Dentons on

After four years of negotiations, the EU and US have reached an agreement that will protect EU citizens’ personal data when shared for law enforcement purposes. The “Umbrella Agreement” covers all personal data (e.g. names,...more

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

by Allen & Overy LLP on

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

EU and U.S. Reach “Umbrella Agreement” on Data Transfers

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The EU and U.S. reached an agreement on Tuesday (9 September) which will enable the two sides to exchange personal data during criminal and terrorism investigations....more

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