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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On February 19, 2021, the European Commission published a draft data protection adequacy decision relating to the UK. If the draft decision is adopted, organizations in the EU will be able to continue to transfer personal data to organizations in the UK without restriction, and will not need to rely upon data transfer mechanisms, such as the EU Standard Contractual Clauses, to ensure an adequate level of protection.
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On February 10, 2021, the European Data Protection Supervisor published two opinions on the European Commission’s proposals for a Digital Services Act and a Digital Markets Act. The two proposals are part of a set of measures announced in the 2020 European Strategy for Data and have two main goals: (1) creating a safer digital space in which the fundamental rights of all users of digital services are protected, and (2) establishing a level playing field to foster innovation, growth and competitiveness in the European Single Market and globally.
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On February 10, 2021, representatives of the EU Member States reached an agreement on the Council of the European Union’s negotiating mandate for the draft ePrivacy Regulation, which will replace the current ePrivacy Directive. The text approved by the EU Member States was prepared under Portugal’s Presidency and will form the basis of the Council’s negotiations with the European Parliament on the final terms of the ePrivacy Regulation.
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On February 5, 2020, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth submitted a response to the European Commission’s public consultation on the Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on European Data Governance. This proposal is the first set of initiatives announced under the broader European Data Strategy.
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On January 15, 2020, the European Data Protection Board and European Data Protection Supervisor adopted joint opinions on the draft Standard Contractual Clauses released by the European Commission in November 2020, both for international transfers and for controller-processor relationships within the EEA.
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On December 10, 2020, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth submitted its response to the European Commission’s invitation for comments on its draft implementing decision on SCCs to be used for the transfer of personal data from a controller or processor subject to the GDPR to a controller or processor not subject to the GDPR.
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On December 10, 2020, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth submitted its response to the European Commission’s invitation for comments on its draft implementing decision on standard contractual clauses between controllers and processors for purposes of Article 28 of the GDPR.
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On November 25, 2020, the European Commission published its Proposal for a Regulation on European Data Governance. The Data Governance Act is part of a set of measures announced in the 2020 European Strategy for Data, which is aimed at putting the EU at the forefront of the data empowered society.
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