On August 5, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it has levied a fine of €250,000 on a French online shoe retailer for various infringements of the GDPR. This is the first penalty under the GDPR enforced by the CNIL as the lead supervisory authority in cooperation with other EU supervisory authorities.
Continue Reading CNIL Adopts Its First Sanction as Lead Supervisory Authority, Fining French Online Shoe Retailer

On August 10, 2020, European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross released a joint press statement following the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Schrems II case.
Continue Reading European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce to Discuss Enhanced EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework

On July 28, 2020, German supervisory authorities issued a statement reiterating the requirement for additional safeguards when organizations rely on Standard Contractual Clauses or Binding Corporate Rules for the transfer of personal data to third countries in the wake of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s invalidation of the Privacy Shield Framework.
Continue Reading Schrems II Update: German SAs Require Additional Safeguards for U.S. Transfers and Max Schrems Set to Challenge Facebook Data Transfers Again

On July 22, 2020, the European Data Protection Board adopted an information note to assist organizations relying on Binding Corporate Rules for international personal data transfers, as well as supervisory authorities, in preparing for the end of the Brexit implementation period on December 31, 2020.
Continue Reading EDPB Adopts Information Note on BCRs in Preparation for Brexit

On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued its landmark judgment in the Schrems II case, concluding that the Standard Contractual Clauses issued by the European Commission for the transfer of personal data to data processors established outside of the EU are valid. Unexpectedly, the Court invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework.
Continue Reading BREAKING: Unexpected Outcome of Schrems II Case: CJEU Invalidates EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework but Standard Contractual Clauses Remain Valid