The concept of regulatory sandboxes has gained traction in the data protection community. Since the UK Information Commissioner’s Office completed its pilot program of regulatory sandboxes in September 2020, two European Data Protection Authorities have created their own sandbox initiatives following the ICO’s framework.
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On February 19, 2021, the European Commission published a draft data protection adequacy decision relating to the UK. If the draft decision is adopted, organizations in the EU will be able to continue to transfer personal data to organizations in the UK without restriction, and will not need to rely upon data transfer mechanisms, such as the EU Standard Contractual Clauses, to ensure an adequate level of protection.
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On February 10, 2021, the European Data Protection Supervisor published two opinions on the European Commission’s proposals for a Digital Services Act and a Digital Markets Act. The two proposals are part of a set of measures announced in the 2020 European Strategy for Data and have two main goals: (1) creating a safer digital space in which the fundamental rights of all users of digital services are protected, and (2) establishing a level playing field to foster innovation, growth and competitiveness in the European Single Market and globally.
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On February 10, 2021, representatives of the EU Member States reached an agreement on the Council of the European Union’s negotiating mandate for the draft ePrivacy Regulation, which will replace the current ePrivacy Directive. The text approved by the EU Member States was prepared under Portugal’s Presidency and will form the basis of the Council’s negotiations with the European Parliament on the final terms of the ePrivacy Regulation.
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On February 5, 2020, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth submitted a response to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on European Data Governance. This proposal is the first set of initiatives announced under the broader European Data Strategy.
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On February 4, 2021, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it sent letters and emails to approximately 300 organizations, both private and public, to remind them of the new cookie law rules and the need to audit their sites and apps to comply with those rules by March 31, 2021.
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On January 27, 2021, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it imposed a fine of 150,000 Euros on a data controller, and a fine of 75,000 Euros on its data processor, for failure to implement adequate security measures to protect customers’ personal data against credential stuffing attacks on the website of the data controller. The CNIL decided not to make its decisions public, thereby not disclosing the name of the companies sanctioned.
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The recent UK case of Soriano v Forensic News and Others tested the territorial reach of the General Data Protection Regulation and represents the first UK judgment dealing with the territorial scope of the GDPR. This was a “service out” case, where the claimant, Walter T. Soriano, sought the Court’s permission under the UK Civil Procedure Rules to serve proceedings on the defendants, who were all domiciled in the U.S.
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On January 18, 2021, the European Data Protection Board released draft Guidelines 01/2021 on Examples regarding Data Breach Notification. The Guidelines aim to assist data controllers in deciding how to handle data breaches, including by identifying the factors that they must take into account when conducting risk assessments to determine whether a breach must be reported to relevant supervisory authorities and/or the affected data subjects.
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On January 15, 2020, the European Data Protection Board and European Data Protection Supervisor adopted joint opinions on the draft Standard Contractual Clauses released by the European Commission in November 2020, both for international transfers and for controller-processor relationships within the EEA.
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