On January 10, 2019, Advocate General Szpunar of the Court of Justice of the European Union issued an Opinion in the case of Google v. CNIL, which is currently pending before the CJEU. In its Opinion, the Advocate General provided his views concerning the territorial scope of the right to be forgotten under the EU Data Protection Directive.
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On July 12, 2018, British Prime Minister Theresa May presented her Brexit White Paper, “The Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union,” to Parliament. The White Paper outlines the UK’s desired future relationship with the EU post-Brexit, and includes within its scope important data protection-related issues, including digital trade, data flows, cooperation for the development of Artificial Intelligence, and the role of the Information Commissioner’s Office.
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On July 17, 2018, the European Union and Japan successfully concluded negotiations on a reciprocal finding of an adequate level of data protection, thereby agreeing to recognize each other’s data protection systems as “equivalent.” This will allow personal data to flow safely between the EU and Japan, without being subject to any further safeguards or authorizations.
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