Tag Archives: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Right to be Forgotten – High Courts Disagree

On May 12, 2016, The French High Court (“Cour de Cassation”) rendered a short decision stating that the right to be forgotten does not supersede the freedom of press.  In this case, two brothers took legal action against a famous French daily newspaper. The two individuals requested that their respective names be removed from search results … 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

European Commission Launches Consultation on Reform of the ePrivacy Directive

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 ePrivacy Directive (2002/58/EC).  (See the Commission’s … 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

Germany Extends Right of Qualified Consumer Associations to Challenge Privacy Violations

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 or self-employed … 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

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?

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 final trilogue meeting … 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

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

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

The UK’s Data Protection Regulator to Introduce “Privacy Seals” for Businesses

By Fredericka Argent The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced that it is looking to introduce a system of “privacy seals” for organizations doing business in the UK.  The seal is intended to be a consumer-facing stamp of approval demonstrating that a particular organization is meeting or surpassing the compliance requirements of the UK’s Data Protection … Continue Reading

Belgian Government Calls for EU Data Protection Authority

On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, better known as “Data Protection Day,” the Belgian Under-Secretary for Data Protection Bart Tommelein called for the creation of an EU Data Protection Authority.  He intends to present this position of the Belgian Government to the informal meeting of Ministers of Justice and of the Interior in Riga (Latvia).  The … 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

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

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

European Data Protection Regulators Clarify the Scope of the Balancing Test Required for Reliance on the “Legitimate Interests” Ground for Data Processing

On 9 April, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) adopted an Opinion on the notion of legitimate interests of the data controller under Article 7(f) of the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (the “Opinion”).  The Opinion has two main objectives:  to ensure correct interpretation and implementation of the “legitimate interest” ground for data processing at … Continue Reading

Is Korea Moving Towards EU-Style Legislation for Financial Institutions?

In January 2014, a massive data leak of some 104 million credit card accounts shocked South Korea.  The number of affected accounts was twice the number of the population of South Korea’s.  The incident arose when a temporary employee of a personal credit rating agency that manages personal financial data of customers of three major … 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

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

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

EU Parliament’s Lead Committee Will Vote on EU Data Protection Regulation in October

The Civil Liberties Committee (“LIBE”), the European Parliament’s lead committee for the proposed General Data Protection Regulation, is expected to vote on its preliminary position on the European Commission’s proposal on October, 21. LIBE has been struggling to reduce the large number of suggested amendments and, as a result, its vote has already been postponed … 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
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