On July 10, 2018, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP submitted formal comments to the European Data Protection Board on its draft guidelines on certification and identifying certification criteria in accordance with Articles 42 and 43 of the GDPR. The Guidelines were adopted by the EDPB on May 25, 2018, for public consultation.
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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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On July 5, 2018, the European Parliament issued a nonbinding Resolution that calls on the European Commission to suspend the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield unless U.S. authorities can fully comply with the framework by September 1, 2018. The Resolution states that the data transfer mechanism does not provide the adequate level of protection of personal data as required by EU data protection law.
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