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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

Russia Set to Block Access to LinkedIn

On November 10, 2016, Moscow’s Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s decision that LinkedIn violated Russia’s data localization law requiring Russian personal data to be stored within Russian territory. Roskomnadzor, Russia’s data protection authority, is now set to block access to the social media website across Russia.… 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

Final Cybersecurity Law Enacted in China

On November 7, 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China enacted the final Cybersecurity Law after it held its third reading of the draft Cybersecurity Law on October 31, 2016.… Continue Reading
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