European Data Protection Supervisor

On February 15, 2017, the European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) published its Priorities for 2017 (the “EDPS Priorities”). The EDPS Priorities consist of a note listing the strategic priorities and a color-coded table listing the European Commission’s proposals that require the EDPS’ attention, sorted by level of priority. Continue Reading European Data Protection Supervisor Publishes Priorities for 2017

On September 23, 2016, the European Data Protection Supervisor (the “EDPS”) released Opinion 8/2016 (the “Opinion”) on the coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of big data. The Opinion updates the EDPS’ Preliminary Opinion on Privacy and Competitiveness in the Age of Big Data, first published in 2014, and provides practical recommendations on how the EU’s objectives and standards can be applied holistically across the EU institutions. According to the EDPS, the Digital Single Market Strategy presents an opportunity for a coherent approach with respect to the application of EU rules on data protection, consumer protection, antitrust enforcement and merger control. In addition, the EDPS calls for greater dialogue and cooperation between data protection, consumer and competition authorities in order to protect the rights and interests of individuals, including the rights to privacy, freedom of expression and non-discrimination. Continue Reading EDPS Issues Opinion on Coherent Enforcement of Fundamental Rights in the Age of Big Data

On July 25, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party (the “Working Party”) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) released their respective Opinions regarding the review of Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications (the “ePrivacy Directive”). Both the Working Party and the EDPS stressed that new rules should complement the protections available under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). Continue Reading Article 29 Working Party and EDPS Release Opinions on the ePrivacy Directive

On June 29, 2016, Politico reported that it has obtained updated EU-U.S. Privacy Shield documents following the latest negotiations between U.S. and EU government authorities. Certain aspects of the prior Privacy Shield framework were criticized by the Article 29 Working Party, the European Parliament and the European Data Protection Supervisor. Continue Reading Revised Privacy Shield Documents Leaked to Politico

According to Bloomberg BNA, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework could be approved by the European Commission in early July. The Privacy Shield is a successor framework to the Safe Harbor, which was invalidated by the European Court of Justice in October 2015. Certain provisions of the Privacy Shield documents, previously released by the European Commission on February 29, 2016, have been subjected to criticism by the Article 29 Working Party, the European Parliament and the European Data Protection Supervisor. According to Bloomberg BNA, the previously released draft adequacy decision, one of the Privacy Shield documents released on February 29, 2016, is expected to be modified. Continue Reading European Commission Could Approve Privacy Shield in Early July

On May 30, 2016, the European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) released its Opinion (the “Opinion”) on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (the “Privacy Shield”) draft adequacy decision. The Privacy Shield was created to replace the previous Safe Harbor framework invalidated by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in the Schrems decision.

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On March 16, 2016, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (“CIPL”) at Hunton & Williams LLP co-hosted a one-day workshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands, together with the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, to kick off CIPL’s new long-term project on the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). Continue Reading CIPL Releases Outcomes Report of First GDPR Implementation Project Workshop in Amsterdam

On March 16, 2016, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (“CIPL”) at Hunton & Williams LLP will co-host a one-day workshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands, together with the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, to kick off a new long-term CIPL project on the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

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