On June 4, 2021, the European Commission published the final version of the implementing decision on standard contractual clauses for transfers of personal data to third countries under the EU General Data Protection Regulation, as well as the final version of the new standard contractual clauses.
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On May 20, 2021, the Belgian Data Protection Authority announced that it had approved the EU Data Protection Code of Conduct for Cloud Service Providers, the first transnational EU code of conduct since the entry into force of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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On May 2, 2021, the Norwegian data protection authority, Datatilsynet, notified a U.S. company of its intention to issue a fine of 25 million Norwegian Krone (approximately 2.5 million Euros). The preliminary fine was issued for failure to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation’s accountability, lawfulness and transparency requirements, primarily due to the company’s tracking of website visitors.
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On April 29, 2021, China issued a second draft version of the Data Security Law (“Draft DSL”). The Draft DSL will be open for public comments until May 28, 2021.

While the framework of this version of the Draft DSL is the same as the prior version issued on July 3, 2020, below we summarize the material changes in the second version of the Draft DSL.
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On March 15, 2021, the state Data Protection Authority of Bavaria declared the use of U.S. e-mail marketing service Mailchimp by a fashion magazine in Bavaria impermissible due to lack of compliance with Schrems II mitigation steps for the transfer of e-mail addresses to the U.S.
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France’s highest administrative court recently issued a summary judgment that rejected a request for the suspension of the partnership between the French Ministry of Health and Doctolib, a leading provider of online medical consultations in Europe, for the management of COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
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The concept of regulatory sandboxes has gained traction in the data protection community. Since the UK Information Commissioner’s Office completed its pilot program of regulatory sandboxes in September 2020, two European Data Protection Authorities have created their own sandbox initiatives following the ICO’s framework.
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