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Advocate General Rejects Facebook’s Claim of Sole Irish Jurisdiction in EU

On October 24, 2017, an opinion issued by the EU’s Advocate General Bot rejected Facebook’s assertion that its EU data processing activities fall solely under the jurisdiction of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner. The opinion relates to the CJEU case C-210/16, under which the German courts sought to clarify whether the DPA in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein could take action against Facebook regarding its use of web tracking technologies on a German education provider’s fan page without first providing notice. … Continue Reading

CIPL Issues Discussion Paper on Regulating for Results: Strategies and Priorities for Leadership and Engagement

On September 25, 2017, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP issued a discussion paper on Regulating for Results: Strategies and Priorities for Leadership and Engagement. The paper aims to stimulate dialogue about strategies and priorities for data protection authorities by putting forward a number of key questions.… Continue Reading

Lisa Sotto Invited to Speak at Privacy Shield’s First Annual Joint Review

On September 18, 2017, the European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce kicked off their first annual joint review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. To aid in the review, the Department invited a few industry leaders, including Hunton & Williams' partner Lisa Sotto to speak about their experiences during the first year of the Privacy Shield.… Continue Reading

EU Publishes Measures to Strengthen EU Cybersecurity Structures and Capabilities

On September 13, 2017, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy published a Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on improving the EU’s cybersecurity. This blog entry provides highlights on the Joint Communication’s key recommendations. … Continue Reading

Hunton Privacy Team Publishes Several Chapters in International Comparative Legal Guide to Data Protection

Hunton & Williams' Global Privacy and Cybersecurity lawyers prepared several chapters in the recently released The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection 2017, including the opening chapter on “All Change for Data Protection: The European Data Protection Regulation." This blog entry provides a link to access the relevant chapters.… Continue Reading

UK House of Lords Recommends Pursuit of EU Adequacy Decision

Recently, the European Union Committee of the UK’s House of Lords published its paper, Brexit: the EU data protection package. The Paper urges the UK government to make good on its stated aim of maintaining unhindered and uninterrupted data flows between the UK and EU after Brexit, and examines the options available to ensure that this occurs. … Continue Reading
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