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Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Announced

On January 11, 2017, the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner announced that it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce on a new Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, which will allow companies to legally transfer Swiss personal data to the U.S.… Continue Reading

CIPL Issues White Paper on High Risk and DPIAs under the GDPR

On December 21, 2016, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP issued a white paper on Risk, High Risk, Risk Assessments and Data Protection Impact Assessments under the GDPR. The White Paper sets forth guidance and recommendations concerning the interpretation and implementation of the GDPR’s provisions relating to risk and risk assessment.… Continue Reading

CJEU Challenges Legality of UK Interceptions Laws

On December 21, 2016, a judgment by the Court of Justice for the European Union that clarifies EU surveillance laws has called into question the legality of the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act 2016. The decision could have significant implications on the UK’s chances of securing “adequacy” status for its data protection regime post-Brexit.… Continue Reading

European Commission Plans to Upgrade e-Privacy Directive to a Regulation

On December 12, 2016, Politico reported that the European Commission intends to replace the e-Privacy Directive with a Regulation. The planned shift from a Directive to a Regulation means that the Regulation will create a harmonized set of requirements at the EU level that are directly applicable in the Member States. … Continue Reading

France Adopts Class Action Regime for Data Protection Violations

On November 19, 2016, the French government enacted a bill creating a legal basis for class actions against data controllers and processors resulting from data protection violations. The bill establishes a general class action regime and includes specific provisions regarding data protection violations.… Continue Reading

CIPL Issues White Paper on the DPO’s Role under the GDPR

On November 17, 2016, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP issued a white paper which sets forth guidance and recommendations concerning the interpretation and implementation of the GDPR’s provisions relating to the role of the Data Protection Officer. … Continue Reading

UK Parliament Approves Investigatory Powers Bill

On November 16, 2016, the UK Investigatory Powers Bill was approved by the UK House of Lords. The draft of the Bill has sparked controversy, as it will hand significant and wide-ranging powers to state surveillance agencies, and has been strongly criticized by some privacy and human rights advocacy groups. … Continue Reading

CIPL and AvePoint Release Global GDPR Readiness Report

On November 9, 2016, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP and AvePoint released the results of a joint global survey launched in May 2016 concerning organizational preparedness for implementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation. … Continue Reading

IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress 2016

Join us at the International Association of Privacy Professionals Data Protection Congress in Brussels, November 9-10, 2016. Hunton & Williams privacy professionals will be featured speakers in several sessions. … Continue Reading

UK Government Confirms Implementation of GDPR in UK

On October 24, 2016, the UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport confirmed that the UK will implement the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) by May 2018. The UK Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has officially welcomed this confirmation and said that the UK must stay on top of the continuing digital economy … Continue Reading

CIPL Hosts Workshop on Transparency and Risk Assessment

On October 20, 2016, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership hosted a side workshop at the International Conference of Data Protection & Privacy Commissioners focused on transparency and risk assessment, entitled “The Role of Risk Assessment and Transparency in Enabling Organizational Accountability in the Digital Economy.”… Continue Reading

Entry into Force of the French Digital Republic Bill

On October 7, 2016, the French Digital Republic Bill (the “Bill”) was enacted after a final vote from the Senate. The Bill aligns the French legal data protection framework with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) requirements before the GDPR becomes applicable in May 2018.… Continue Reading

CJEU Rules That Dynamic IP Addresses Are Personal Data

On October 19, 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued its judgment in Patrick Breyer v. Bundesrepublik Deutschland, following the Opinion of Advocate General earlier this year. The CJEU followed the Opinion of the Advocate General and declared that the dynamic IP address of a website user is considered personal data.… Continue Reading
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