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European Parliament Approves EU Cybersecurity Act

Following a political agreement at the end of 2018, earlier this week the European Parliament approved a new cybersecurity regulation known as the EU “Cybersecurity Act” This forms part of the EU’s Cyber Package, first announced in September 2017 (which we blogged about here). In addition to reinforcing the mandate of ENISA — now to … Continue Reading

European Data Protection Board Releases Report on the Privacy Shield

On January 24, the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) adopted a report (“Report”) regarding the second annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”).  In a press release accompanying the Report, the EDPB welcomed efforts by EU and U.S. authorities to implement the Privacy Shield,  including in particular the recent appointment of a permanent … Continue Reading

European Parliament Approves EU-U.S. Umbrella Agreement

Yesterday, the European Parliament voted to approve the EU-U.S. Umbrella Agreement, a framework for the exchange of personal data for law-enforcement (including anti-terrorism) purposes between the EU and U.S.  As we previously explained, negotiations on this Agreement have been underway for quite some time, with the European Parliament first calling for it back in March … Continue Reading

LIBE Committee Votes in Favor of the GDPR

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 on December 15, 2015.  The LIBE … Continue Reading

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

By Charlotte Ryckman 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 proposal for the GDPR, the … Continue Reading

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

Progress on EU GDPR Reform: International Aspects Debated

A second round of “trilogue” negotiation on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), on July 14th, has addressed the law’s territorial scope and rules relating to international data transfers (Articles 3 and Chapter 5, respectively). Although no agreed text has been released, public comments made by Jan Philipp Albrecht, the European Parliament’s lead negotiator … Continue Reading

Council Agrees Common Approach on EU General Data Protection Regulation – Negotiations With Parliament and Commission on Final Text To Begin Imminently

In today’s Justice and Home Affairs (“JHA”) Council meeting (see here), the Council of Ministers of the EU agreed the Council’s long-awaited common approach on a revised text of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The Presidency of the Council of the EU had published a compromise text for approval by the JHA Council … Continue Reading

Committees of European Parliament Hold Confirmation Hearing for Commissioner-Designate for Justice, Consumers, and Gender Equality

By Sophie Noya and Henriette Tielemans From September 29 to October 7, 2014, parliamentary Committees of the European Parliament (“EP”) will be holding public confirmation hearings with Commissioners-designates with a view to assessing their skills and qualifications ahead of the EP’s vote on October 22 to approve (or reject) the Council’s appointment of the new … Continue Reading

EU Justice Ministers Reach A Common Position on Aspects of the Draft EDPR

On June 6, 2014, the Justice and Home Affairs Council of the European Union (the “Council”), representing individual EU Member States, reached a common position on certain important aspects of the draft European Data Protection Regulation (the “Regulation”).  Specifically, the Council reached an agreement on rules governing transfers of personal data outside the EU, set … Continue Reading

EU Parliamentary Elections: What Impact on the EU Data Protection Reform?

By: Sophie Noya On May 22-25, EU citizens elected Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) for a five-year term.  Several of the key parliamentary decision-makers on the data protection reform have been reelected, including the strongest supporters of far-reaching privacy rights such as the rapporteur, German Green Member Jan Philipp Albrecht, and Dutch Liberal Sophia … 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 Parliament Adopts Report Threatening Disruption to U.S.-EU Data Flows and Upcoming Trade Agreements; However, Legal Impact is Muted

By Ezra Steinhardt and Henriette Tielemans On March 12, 2014, the European Parliament voted 544 to 78, with 60 abstentions, to endorse a report prepared by MEP Claude Moraes (S&P, UK) (the Report), and to pass a resolution summarising Mr. Moraes’ findings (the Resolution).  The Report and Resolution conclude a six-month investigation by the influential … Continue Reading

European Parliament Votes in Favor of Proposed General Data Protection Regulation

Today, the European Parliament (EP) voted in favor of the two reports of rapporteurs Jan-Philipp Albrecht and Dimitrios Droutsas concerning the proposed General Data Protection Regulation and the proposed Directive for the law enforcement sector. The support for the report on the proposed Regulation (see here), which the LIBE Committee of the EP had adopted … Continue Reading

The Future of the Safe Harbor Agreement

Recent events in the European Parliament and European Council demonstrate that concerns over the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Agreement are continuing to mount, and reform or even revocation of the Safe Harbor Agreement remains a possibility.  Today, Covington published a client alert that discusses recent developments involving the Safe Harbor Agreement and the potential impact of … 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

What Companies Should Know About the LIBE Committee’s Amendments to the EU’s Proposed Data Protection Regulation

By Mark Young On Monday, the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament adopted proposed amendments to the Commission’s legislative proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation.  Earlier this week we summarized the vote and procedural details (here).  In this alert, we provide more detail on the amendments that companies are likely to care most about, … Continue Reading

European Parliament Calls for Suspension of the SWIFT Agreement following NSA Surveillance Claims

On October 23, 2013, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the suspension of an EU-US Agreement on the transfer of financial data for the purposes of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (the so-called “SWIFT Agreement”).  The resolution comes after allegations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has had unauthorized access to EU citizens’ bank … Continue Reading

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

By Ezra Steinhardt 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 … Continue Reading

Criticism of Safe Harbor Continues to Rise in European Union Institutions

On 8 October, 2013, a group of Social and Democrat MEPs called for the suspension of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework (the “Safe Harbor”).  Their comments, which were triggered by the unauthorized disclosure of document describing a U.S. National Security Agency surveillance program known as “PRISM”, argued that the Safe Harbor is, variously, “misleading,” “vulnerable,” … 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

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

EU Data Privacy Rules to Extend to All Software and Hardware Manufacturers — Regardless of Whether They Process Personal Data?

As we reported last week, MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, the rapporteur for the lead European Parliament Committee (LIBE) for the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation, has released a controversial report on the Commission’s proposal.  There have been several news articles and commentaries in recent days about numerous aspects of the report — including the threat … Continue Reading
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