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Article 29 Working Party Reports on Cookie Sweep Results

On February 3, 2015, the Article 29 Working Party published a report on a sweep of 478 websites across eight EU Member States (Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom). The sweep was conducted to assess compliance with Article 5.3 of the e-Privacy Directive 2002/58/EC, as amended by 2009/136/EC.… Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party Clarifies Scope of Health Data Processed by Lifestyle and Wellbeing Apps

On February 5, 2015, the Article 29 Working Party published a letter that responds to a request of the European Commission to clarify the scope of health data processed by lifestyle and wellbeing apps. In the letter, the Working Party identifies the criteria to determine when personal data qualifies as "health data," and provides recommendations on the treatment of health data in the proposed EU Regulation.… Continue Reading

German DPA Appeals Court Decision on Facebook Fan Pages and Suggests Clarification by ECJ on Data Controllership

On January 14, 2015, the data protection authority of the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein issued an appeal challenging a September 4, 2014 decision by the Administrative Court of Appeals, which held that companies using Facebook’s fan pages cannot be held responsible for data protection law violations committed by Facebook because the companies do not have any control over the use of the data. … Continue Reading

Industry, Privacy Advocates Join Microsoft to Protect Customer Emails in Foreign Servers

On December 15, 2014, Microsoft reported the filing of 10 amicus briefs in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals signed by leading technology and media companies, computer scientists and trade associations and advocacy organizations, in support of Microsoft's litigation to resist a U.S. Government's search warrant purporting to compel the production of Microsoft customer emails that are stored in Ireland.… Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party Issues Joint Statement on European Values and Actions for an Ethical European Data Protection Framework

On December 8, 2014, the Article 29 Working Party and the French Data Protection Authority organized the European Data Governance Forum, an international conference centered around the theme of privacy, innovation and surveillance in Europe. The conference concluded with a presentation of a Joint Statement adopted by the Working Party during its plenary meeting on November 25, 2014.… Continue Reading

Centre Discusses the Risk-Based Approach to Privacy and APEC-EU Interoperability at IAPP Brussels

At the IAPP's recent Europe Data Protection Congress in Brussels, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams led two panels on the risk-based approach to privacy as a tool for implementing existing privacy principles more effectively and on codes of conduct as a means for creating interoperability between different privacy regimes.… Continue Reading
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