Lisa Sotto Interviewed on Privacy Piracy Radio Show

On July 25, 2016, Lisa Sotto, partner and head of the Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice at Hunton & Williams LLP, was interviewed on KUCI 88.9 FM radio’s Privacy Piracy show. Lisa discussed the changing regulatory landscape, information security enforcement actions, the threat actors who attack companies’ data and how to manage the aftermath of a data breach. “There is no industry sector that is exempt [from being targeted],” Lisa says. She notes that, because “data can be sold for a monetary sum, data is now the equivalent of cash.”

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U.S. Department of Commerce Launches Privacy Shield Website

On July 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it has launched a new website that provides individuals and companies with additional information regarding the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (“Privacy Shield”). Among other things, the website provides information about complying with, and self-certifying to, the Privacy Shield’s principles. The Department of Commerce’s website will begin accepting certifications on August 1, 2016.

EU Regulators Will Not Challenge Adequacy of Privacy Shield for at Least One Year

On July 26, 2016, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, the Chairwoman of the Article 29 Working Party of data protection regulators, announced that EU data protection regulators will not challenge the adequacy of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) for at least one year (i.e., until after summer 2017). The European Commission is scheduled to conduct a mandatory review of the adequacy of the Privacy Shield by May 2017. Continue Reading

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: A How-To Guide

On July 12, 2016, after months of negotiations and criticism, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”) was officially adopted by the European Commission and the Department of Commerce. Similar to the Safe Harbor, companies must certify their compliance with the seven principles comprising the Privacy Shield to use the Shield as a valid data transfer mechanism. Hunton & Williams partner Lisa J. Sotto and associate Chris D. Hydak recently published an article in Law360 entitled “The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: A How-To Guide.” In the article, Lisa and Chris detail the Privacy Shield principles, the benefits of certification, how the Shield will be enforced, and the challenges and risks associated with the future of the Privacy Shield.

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CNIL Serves Formal Notice to Microsoft to Comply with French Data Protection Law

On July 20, 2016, the French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL”) announced that it issued a formal notice to Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”) about Windows 10, ordering Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act within three months.


Following the launch of Microsoft’s new operation system, Windows 10, in July 2015, the CNIL was alerted by the media and political parties that Microsoft could collect excessive personal data via Windows 10. A group composed of several EU data protection authorities was created within the Article 29 Working Party to examine the issue and conduct investigations in their relevant EU Member States. The CNIL initiated its investigation and carried out seven online inspections in April and June 2016. The CNIL also questioned Microsoft on certain points of its privacy statement. Continue Reading

Advocate General Finds Member States May Not Breach EU Laws Over Electronic Communications Retention

On July 19, 2016, Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Oe (“Advocate General”), published his Opinion on two joined cases relating to data retention requirements in the EU, C-203/15 and C-698/15. These cases were brought following the Court of Justice for the European Union’s (“CJEU’s”) decision in the Digital Rights Ireland case, which invalidated Directive 2006/24/EC on data retention. The two cases, referred from courts in Sweden and the UK respectively, sought to establish whether a general obligation to retain data is compatible with the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection under EU law. Continue Reading

FTC Issues Warning Letters to Companies Falsely Claiming APEC CBPR Certification

On July 14, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission issued warning letters to 28 companies relating to apparent false claims of participation in the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (“CBPR”).

The warning letters state that the companies’ websites represent APEC CBPR certification even though the companies do not appear to have undertaken the necessary steps to claim certification, such as a review and approval process by an APEC-recognized Accountability Agent. Continue Reading

European Commission Adopts Privacy Shield

On July 12, 2016, the EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the formal adoption of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (the “Privacy Shield”) framework, composed of an Adequacy Decision and accompanying Annexes.

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The Bavarian DPA Issues Paper on Video Surveillance under the GDPR

On July 6, 2016, the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (“DPA”) issued a short paper on video surveillance under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

This paper is part of a series of papers that the Bavarian DPA will issue periodically on specific topics of the GDPR to inform the public about what topics are being discussed within the DPA. The DPA emphasized that these papers are non-binding. Continue Reading