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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

CIPL and Telefónica Call for Action on New Approaches to Data Transparency

Recently, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP and Telefónica issued a joint white paper on Reframing Data Transparency. The white paper was the outcome of a June 2016 roundtable held by the two organizations in London, discussing the importance of user-centric transparency to the data driven economy.… Continue Reading

CIPL and its GDPR Project Stakeholders Discuss DPOs and Risk under GDPR

Last month, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership held its second GDPR Workshop in Paris as part of its two-year GDPR Implementation Project. The purpose of the project is to provide a forum for stakeholders to promote EU-wide consistency in implementing the GDPR, encourage forward-thinking and future-proof interpretations of key GDPR provisions, develop and share relevant best practices, and foster a culture of trust and collaboration between regulators and industry. … Continue Reading

EDPS Issues Opinion on Coherent Enforcement of Fundamental Rights in the Age of Big Data

Recently, the European Data Protection Supervisor released Opinion 8/2016 on the coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of big data. The Opinion updates the EDPS' Preliminary Opinion on Privacy and Competitiveness in the Age of Big Data, first published in 2014, and provides practical recommendations on how the EU's objectives and standards can be applied holistically across the EU institutions.… Continue Reading

CISPE Unveils Cloud Providers Code of Conduct

On September 27, 2016, Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe published its Data Protection Code of Conduct. CISPE, a relatively new coalition of more than 20 cloud infrastructure providers with operations in Europe, has focused the Code on transparency and compliance with EU data protection laws. … Continue Reading

CNIL Publishes Internet Sweep Results on Connected Devices

On September 26, 2016, the French Data Protection Authority published the results of the Internet sweep on connected devices. The sweep was conducted in May 2016 to assess the quality of the information provided to users of connected devices, the level of security of the data flows and the degree of user empowerment.… Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party and EDPS Release Opinions on the ePrivacy Directive

On July 25, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party and the European Data Protection Supervisor released their respective Opinions regarding the evaluation and review of Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications. Both the Working Party and the EDPS stressed that new rules should complement the protections available under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. … Continue Reading

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

Hunton partner Lisa Sotto and associate Chris Hydak recently published an article in Law360 entitled “The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: A How-To Guide,” detailing 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. This blog post contains a link to the full article. … Continue Reading

European Commission Adopts Privacy Shield

On July 12, 2016, the EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourova and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the formal adoption of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, which is composed of an Adequacy Decision and accompanying Annexes. … Continue Reading

EU Member States Approve Privacy Shield

On July 8, 2016, EU representatives on the Article 31 Committee approved the final version of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield to permit transatlantic transfers of personal data from the EU to the U.S.… Continue Reading

French Parliament Rejects Data Localization Amendment

On June 30, 2016, a joint committee composed of representatives from both chambers of the French Parliament reached a common position on the French ‘Digital Republic’ Bill that rejects the data localization amendment previously approved by the French Senate, but significantly amends other aspects of the French Data Protection Act. … Continue Reading