Tag Archives: European Commission

Debate in the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee on the Schrems ruling

On October 12, 2015, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (“LIBE”) Committee held a debate to discuss the aftermath of the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) ruling in Case C-362/14 Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (see summary of the ruling here and summary of the … Continue Reading

EU Parliament Policy Report Takes Dim View of EU Commission’s “Pro-Market” Policies on Big Data and Smart Devices

A European Parliament policy department has released a report, entitled Big Data and Smart Devices and Their Impact on Privacy, that criticizes the lack of focus on privacy and data protection in the European Commission’s “Digital Single Market” policy agenda, noting a “conflicting” intersection between the Commission’s Digital Single Market objectives and the EU’s efforts, … Continue Reading

EU-U.S. Safe Harbor: Judgment in the Schrems Case Scheduled For October 6

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in Luxembourg will render its judgment in the Schrems case (C-362/14 Maximilian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner) on October 6, at 9:30 am CET (see here). For details on the case and its potential implications for the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor, see our earlier blog post (here) … Continue Reading

Advocate General Considers EU-U.S. Safe Harbor to be Invalid

This morning (September 23, 2015), EU Advocate General (“AG”) Bot issued an Opinion in Case C-362/14 Maximilian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (see our earlier post on the hearing here).  The AG Opinion has gone further than expected, covering not just the power of national data protection authorities in relation to complaints under the Safe … Continue Reading

EU – US Umbrella Agreement about to be concluded: towards a transatlantic approach to data protection?

By Jean de Ruyt According to the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, the EU and the US have finalized the EU-US Umbrella Agreement (for the press release, see here; a reportedly near-final draft of the agreement can be read here). This is a remarkable breakthrough after the first calls for such … Continue Reading

EU General Data Protection Regulation – First day of ‘trilogue’ discussions

Today, the first meeting between the European Parliament (“EP”), the Council and the Commission (called “trilogue”) took place with the aim of reaching an agreement on the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) by the end of the year.  (For background, please see our previous InsidePrivacy post on the Council’s recently agreed general approach.)  The three … Continue Reading

May 2015 EU mHealth Round-Up

May 2015 saw a number of developments in the EU mHealth sector worthy of a brief mention.  The European Commission announced that it would work on new guidance for mHealth apps, despite the European Data Protection Supervisor and British Standards Institution publishing their own just weeks earlier.  In parallel, the French data protection authority announced … Continue Reading

The General Data Protection Regulation – Council is Moving Forward in Great Strides

Last Friday, the Council, which represents the 28 EU Member States, reached a partial general approach on the so-called “one stop shop” mechanism (Chapters VI and VII) and principles for protecting the personal data (Chapter II) (see the press release here, which also contains links to the latest draft texts as prepared by the Latvian … Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party Clarifies Scope of Health Data in Apps and Devices

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (Working Party), an independent EU advisory body on data protection and privacy, responded to a request from the European Commission made in the framework of the Commission’s  mHealth initiative to clarify the definition of data concerning health in relation to lifestyle and wellbeing apps.  (See more here, and here … Continue Reading

Summary Report of European Commission’s mHealth Consultation Published

The European Commission has finally published its summary of 211 responses to its mobile health (“mHealth”) consultation.  The summary and original responses to the consultation have been made available on the Commission’s website at https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/summary-report-public-consultation-green-paper-mobile-health The consultation covered a broad range of important issues for mHealth, including legal frameworks, privacy and data protection, patient safety, … Continue Reading

EU Confirms New Heads of the European Commission – But Who Will Drive Data Protection Reforms?

 By Philippe Bradley-Schmieg  The European Parliament voted yesterday (October 22, 2014) to approve the President of the European Commission’s selections for his team of European Commissioners. Jean-Claude Juncker’s picks received strong endorsement from MEPs, with 423 in favour, 209 against, and 67 abstentions.  Even so, he was forced to amend his proposal ahead of the … Continue Reading

President-Elect of the European Commission Unveils His New Team

By Lisa Peets On September 10, 2014, President-elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, nominated his team of Commissioners.  However, there is still a lack of clarity around responsibility for the data protection portfolio, including the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).  It now appears that the portfolio will be coordinated among at least three Commissioners.… Continue Reading

Client Event: “Data Protection & Privacy Law – 2nd Edition,” September 23, 2014

Covington will be hosting a book launch for the 2014 title ‘Data Protection & Privacy Law 2nd Edition’, edited by Monika Kuschewsky, in partnership with The European Lawyer (Thomson Reuters) on September 23, 2014 in Brussels. The event will comprise a half-day workshop followed by a drinks reception. We are pleased to confirm that the … Continue Reading

European Commission Wants Leaders to Embrace Big Data

On 2 July 2014, the European Commission issued a Communication titled “Towards a thriving data-driven economy”, which describes the features of such economy and sets out some operational conclusions. The Communication responds to the European Council’s conclusions of October last year which called for EU action to provide the right framework conditions for a single … Continue Reading

European Parliament Votes to Ensure that the Proposed Network and Information Security Directive Focuses on Protecting Critical Infrastructure

It has been an eventful week in the European Parliament in relation to data privacy and security matters.  Having already voted in favor of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and endorsed a controversial report into allegations of mass surveillance, the European Parliament voted yesterday on the proposed Network and Information Security (“NIS”) Directive.  In … Continue Reading

European Council Taps the Breaks–Adoption of EU General Data Protection Regulation Delayed

Only a few days after the leading parliamentary committee waved through the proposed amendments to the European Commission’s legislative proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation (see here and here), the EU Member States’ governments have decided to postpone the adoption of the Regulation to 2015.  Germany and the UK, in particular, supported the delay, albeit … Continue Reading

LIBE Committee Vote Completes Major Step Towards Adoption of EU Data Protection Regulation

In a historic vote today, the leading parliamentary committee on the European Commission’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation, the Civil Liberties Committee (“LIBE”), adopted all compromise amendments put forward to the Commission’s original proposal. The compromise amendments had been prepared by the rapporteur, Green Member of the Parliament, Jan Philipp Albrecht, in close collaboration with … Continue Reading

Revised OECD Privacy Guidelines Strengthen Accountability Principle

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) has revised its Guidelines governing the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data. The revision has been triggered by changes in personal data usage as well as new approaches to privacy protection since the adoption of the first Guidelines back in 1980, which were the … Continue Reading

Data Breach Notification within 24 hours in the Electronic Communication Sector – An Example to Follow in the Reform of the EU Data Protection Directive?

Under the so-called e-Privacy Directive, providers of publicly available electronic communications services (primarily telecom providers and ISPs) are obliged to notify the competent national authorities and, in certain cases also the subscribers and individuals concerned, of personal data breaches. In order to ensure consistency in the implementation of this notification obligation by the EU Member … Continue Reading

Vote on EU Data Protection Regulation Again Postponed

Despite previous assertions to the contrary, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee (“LIBE”) announced on Wednesday that it would not be holding its important vote on the Proposed Data Protection Regulation before the summer recess. A new vote has not yet been scheduled but is planned for September or October 2013. As leading committee on … Continue Reading

Sweden Hit with €3M Penalty Payment For Delay in Transposing Data Retention Directive

On Thursday, the Court of Justice of the EU ordered Sweden to pay a lump sum of €3 million for failure to transpose the EU’s Data Retention Directive (the “Directive”) into national law within the prescribed period.  The Directive obliges electronic communications service providers to store information about communications for a period of 6 – … Continue Reading

European Commission Proposal for Data Protection Regulation Delayed Again

An important vote in the European Parliament has been postponed for the second time. The vote of the LIBE committee, the lead committee for the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation, which was initially scheduled for the end of April, had already been postponed until the end of May 2013 (see InsidePrivacy European Parliament’s Lead … Continue Reading

FTC Announces Workshop On The “Internet of Things”; European Commission Publishes Report

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it would hold a public workshop on November 21, 2013 on “the growing connectivity of consumer devices, such as cars, appliances, and medical devices”―also known as, “the Internet of Things.”  The FTC will accept public comments (due June 1, 2013) in advance of the workshop. In describing the … Continue Reading
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