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CIPL Submits Comments to Article 29 Working Party’s Proposed Guidelines

On February 15, 2017, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP submitted two sets of formal comments to the Article 29 Working Party. CIPL commented on the Guidelines for identifying a controller or processor’s lead supervisory authority, and on the Guidelines on the right to data portability.… Continue Reading

European Data Protection Supervisor Publishes Priorities for 2017

On February 15, 2017, the European Data Protection Supervisor published its Priorities for 2017. The EDPS Priorities consist of a note listing the strategic priorities and a color-coded table listing the European Commission’s proposals that require the EDPS’ attention, sorted by level of priority.… Continue Reading

CIPL to Hold Next GDPR Implementation Workshop in Madrid

On March 6 and 7, 2017, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP and over 100 public and private sector participants in CIPL’s GDPR Implementation Project will convene in Madrid, Spain, for CIPL’s third major GDPR implementation workshop.… Continue Reading

UK Government Quizzed on GDPR Implementation and Post-Brexit Data Protection

On February 1, 2017, Matt Hancock, the UK Government Minister responsible for data protection, was questioned by the House of Lords committee on the UK’s implementation plan of the EU General Data Protection Regulation in the context of Brexit. In responding to the questioning, Hancock revealed further details into the UK Government’s position on implementing the GDPR into UK law.… Continue Reading

UK Government Releases Plan for Exiting the EU

On February 2, 2017, the UK government published a white paper entitled The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union, which makes clear that the UK intends to maintain close ties with the European Union and its 27 remaining Member States after Brexit. … Continue Reading

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
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