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China Likely to Impose New Cybersecurity Regulations in 2016

As readers of this blog know, China has been increasingly active in proposing new cybersecurity and privacy regulations. In late 2015, China enacted a new counter-terrorism law.  In August 2015, it issued a draft network security law.  Also last summer, China issued new draft regulations on Internet advertising and clarified requirements for text marketing.  And, … Continue Reading

Digital Single Market – New Initiatives for Cloud Computing and Internet of Things

By Vera Coughlan, Monika Kuschewsky and Kristof Van Quathem Yesterday, the European Commission launched its “Digitising European Industry” package, a series of industry related initiatives aimed at “updating Europe’s digital infrastructure”, see press release here, Q&A here and homepage here.  The package includes reports and proposals addressing cloud computing, ICT standardization, eGovernment, Internet of Things … Continue Reading

EU Passes Sweeping New Privacy and Data Security Laws

As forecast in our latest blog on the topic (available here), the European Parliament today voted into law a new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) that will replace the EU’s all-encompassing Data Protection Directive as of mid-2018. Today’s vote brings to a close a legislative process that has lasted nearly five years; the law’s official publication, which should be … Continue Reading

EU Data Protection Authorities Call For Further Clarifications on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and Raise Some Concerns

By Helena Marttila-Bridge and Monika Kuschewsky Today, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (“Working Party”), a group consisting of representatives from the European data protection authorities, the European Data Protection Supervisor, and the European Commission, published its opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield draft adequacy decision (“Opinion”) (see here). The Opinion is accompanied by … Continue Reading

European Commission Launches Consultation on Reform of the ePrivacy Directive

By Ezra Steinhardt and Vera Coughlan Following the expected approval of the final text of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) in the European Parliament this week, the Commission is now turning its attention towards the ePrivacy Directive. On Monday (April 11, 2016), the Commission launched a public consultation to review and propose changes to the … Continue Reading

Turkey’s First Comprehensive Data Protection Law Comes Into Force

This post is authored by guest blogger, Naz Değirmenci, BTS & Partners.   Not affiliated with Covington & Burling LLP. On April 7, 2016, Turkey’s law on Personal Data Protection, number 6698 (the “Law”) was published in the Official Gazette and came into force. Although the Turkish Constitution establishes a general right to privacy, and there … Continue Reading

EU Poised to Formally Adopt New Data Protection Laws; Amended Texts Published

By Phil Bradley-Schmieg and Vera Coughlan.  This post has been updated to include links to the final texts and comparisons with preceding drafts. After three months of legal-linguistic checks and translations, the EU is poised to formally adopt the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its sister law, the EU Policing and Criminal Justice … Continue Reading

European Parliament Committee Debate on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

By Monika Kuschewsky and Vera Coughlan Yesterday, the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (“LIBE Committee”) held a public hearing on the EU-US Privacy Shield, see agenda here and a video of the hearing here. While European Parliament support is not strictly necessary for the approval of the Privacy Shield, it’s … Continue Reading

Advocacy Group Letter Opposes Privacy Shield

Yesterday, a group of twenty-seven privacy and civil liberties organizations sent a letter to EU officials opposing the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, which was released last month and is currently being reviewed by the Article 29 Working Party in the EU.  According to the letter, the Privacy Shield “manifestly fails” to meet the standards set by … Continue Reading

ICO Publishes New Guidance On Encryption

On March 3, 2016, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) released new guidance on encryption.  The guidance aims to provide advice to organizations on protecting personal data (such as customer and employee data) through the use of encryption.  There is no legally-binding requirement under UK data protection law to encrypt data, either when static or … Continue Reading

Privacy Shield: Top Five Reasons It’s Tougher Than the Safe Harbor, Whether You Should Certify, and Next Steps

As noted in our post yesterday, the text of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the upcoming trans-Atlantic data-transfer framework between the EU and U.S. to replace the invalidated U.S.-EU Safe Harbor, has been released by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Commerce’s release coincided with the release of a draft adequacy decision by the European Commission. A … Continue Reading

Company Receives Record Fine from UK Regulator For Cold Calling

The UK’s data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), has imposed a fine of £350,000 on Prodial Ltd (“Prodial”) for making over 46 million unsolicited automated telephone calls to generate leads in relation to payment protection insurance refunds.  This is the highest fine issued by the ICO to date.… Continue Reading

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Package Released

By Monika Kuschewsky and Vera Coughlan Today, the European Commission published the text of the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (see the Commission’s press release here), which consists of: a draft adequacy decision; the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Principles issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce; and the official representations and commitments contained in separate letters … Continue Reading

Germany Extends Right of Qualified Consumer Associations to Challenge Privacy Violations

By Monika Kuschewsky Today, a German law to strengthen the private enforcement of certain data protection provisions that aim to protect consumers (the Law) entered in to force, following its publication in the Official Journal yesterday. We previously reported on the draft law here. The Law empowers certain qualified associations to seek injunctive relief against companies … Continue Reading

EU DPA Enforcement Guidance Post-Schrems

Industry eagerly awaits further guidance from data protection authorities (“DPAs”) relating to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield as well as on the validity (or otherwise) of other mechanisms for transfers to the U.S. such as standard contractual clauses (“SCCs”) and binding corporate rules (“BCRs”).  As we explained in recent posts (here and here), publication of an … Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party Reacts to the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield Agreement

On February 3rd, the Article 29 Working Party, representing Europe’s data protection authorities, published its reaction to the announcement of a new “Privacy Shield” political agreement between the European Commission and the U.S. Government.  The Privacy Shield agreement, announced on February 2nd (and further described in our blog post here), is intended to replace the … Continue Reading

Agreement Reached on New EU-U.S. Safe Harbor: the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

By Dan Cooper, Phil Bradley-Schmieg and Joseph Jones Today (February 2nd, 2016), the European Commission and U.S. Government reached political agreement on the new framework for transatlantic data flows.  The new framework – the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – succeeds the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor framework (for more on the Court of Justice of the European Union … Continue Reading

Senate Committee Passes Judicial Redress Act, May Assist Safe Harbor Negotiations

The Senate Judiciary Committee today successfully reported H.R. 1428, the Judicial Redress Act of 2015.  However, the bill included an amendment to the House-passed version that has the potential to influence current negotiations between the United States and the European Union to reach a new Safe Harbor agreement. As we previously reported, the Judicial Redress … Continue Reading

European Parliament Committee Approves EU Cybersecurity Rules and Publishes Agreed Text

By Mark Young and Vera Coughlan Formal adoption of the EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive is a step closer following a vote on January 14 by the European Parliament’s internal market and consumer protection (IMCO) committee. As we reported in December, the European institutions reached an informal political agreement on the NIS Directive … Continue Reading

European Court of Human Rights Rules That Employers Can Monitor Employee Private Communications

On January 12, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that an employer who had monitored an employee’s private communications during working hours had not breached the employee’s right to privacy (under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights). This judgment will influence how other European national courts and regulators view … Continue Reading

China Enacts New Counter-Terrorism Law

On December 27, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislative body, enacted a Counter-Terrorism Law (see the Chinese version here, and an unofficial English translation here), which took effect on January 1, 2016.  The adoption of this law, a year after the first draft was released for public comment, … Continue Reading

The New EU Data Protection Law: Key Elements for Business

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (see the latest text here), which was approved at the political level last week, heralds a new era of data protection in the EU and beyond.  The GDPR imposes numerous new obligations on companies both within and outside the EU, strengthens the rights of individuals and foresees stiff penalties … Continue Reading

LIBE Committee Votes in Favor of the GDPR

By Vera Coughlan and Monika Kuschewsky This morning, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee (“LIBE”) formally adopted the result of the negotiations on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).  The text of GDPR was the outcome of trilogue negotiations between the European Parliament and Council and the Commission, which concluded … Continue Reading

Political Agreement on the EU General Data Protection Regulation – Start of a New EU Privacy Era?

By Monika Kuschewsky, Charlotte Ryckman and Vera Coughlan Today, the EU institutions reached the long-awaited political agreement on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will fundamentally change the EU privacy landscape (for the Commission press release see here and the European Parliament press release here).  Almost four years after the publication of the legislative … Continue Reading
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