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Parliamentary Committee Approves Denham ICO Appointment

On April 27, 2016, the UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee confirmed Elizabeth Denham’s appointment as Information Commissioner. Denham, currently the Privacy and Information Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada, was announced as the UK Government’s preferred choice on March 22, 2016.… Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party Releases Opinion on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On April 13, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party published its Opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield draft adequacy decision. The Working Party also published a Working Document on the justification for interferences with the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection through surveillance measures when transferring personal data.… Continue Reading

EU Council Accelerates the Process for Adoption of the EU General Data Protection Regulation

On April 8, 2016, the Council of the European Union will adopt its position on the General Data Protection Regulation. The adoption of the Council's position was initially planned for a vote on April 21, 2016, during the next Justice and Home Affairs Council, but the Council of the European Union has decided to expedite the process for adoption by using the “written procedure,” which is an exceptional procedure that does not include public deliberation.… Continue Reading

European Commission Presents EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On February 29, 2016, the European Commission issued the legal texts that will implement the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, including a draft adequacy decision of the European Commission, Frequently Asked Questions and a Communication summarizing the steps that have been taken over the last few years to restore trust in transatlantic data flows.… Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party Issues Statement on 2016 Action Plan for Regulation

On February 11, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party issued a statement on the 2016 action plan for the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The action plan outlines the priorities for the Working Party in light of the transition to a new legal framework in Europe and the introduction of the European Data Protection Board. … Continue Reading

Congress Passes Judicial Redress Act

On February 10, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Judicial Redress Act, which had been approved by the Senate the night before and included a recent Senate amendment. The Judicial Redress Act grants non-U.S. citizens certain rights, including a private right of action for alleged privacy violations that occur in the U.S. … Continue Reading
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