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Privacy Shield First Annual Joint Review to Take Place in September 2017

On May 29, 2017, a high-level EU Commission official and Politico reported that the primary objective of the first annual joint review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, to take place in September 2017, is not to obtain more concessions from the U.S. regarding Europeans’ privacy safeguards, but rather to monitor the current U.S. administration’s work and steer U.S. privacy debates to prevent privacy safeguards from deteriorating.… Continue Reading

EU Member States Approve Privacy Shield

On July 8, 2016, EU representatives on the Article 31 Committee approved the final version of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield to permit transatlantic transfers of personal data from the EU to the U.S.… Continue Reading

EU and U.S. Sign Umbrella Agreement

On June 2, 2016, the European Union and the U.S. signed an Umbrella Agreement, which, if approved, will implement a comprehensive data protection framework for criminal law enforcement cooperation. The European Council will adopt a decision on the Umbrella Agreement after obtaining consent from the European Parliament.… Continue Reading

EU Council Adopts the Network and Information Security Directive

On May 17, 2016, the European Council adopted its position at first reading on the Network and Information Security Directive. The NIS Directive was proposed by the European Commission on February 7, 2013, as part of its cybersecurity strategy for the European Union, and is designed to increase cooperation between EU Member States on cybersecurity issues.… Continue Reading

EU Council Accelerates the Process for Adoption of the EU General Data Protection Regulation

On April 8, 2016, the Council of the European Union will adopt its position on the General Data Protection Regulation. The adoption of the Council's position was initially planned for a vote on April 21, 2016, during the next Justice and Home Affairs Council, but the Council of the European Union has decided to expedite the process for adoption by using the “written procedure,” which is an exceptional procedure that does not include public deliberation.… Continue Reading

The EU General Data Protection Regulation

On December 17, 2015, after three years of drafting and negotiations, the European Parliament and Council of the European Union reached an informal agreement on the final draft of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which is backed by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.… Continue Reading

EU Commission Publishes Communication on Transatlantic Data Transfers and Confirms Objective to Establish a New Safe Harbor Framework

On November 6, 2015, the European Commission published a communication and a Q&A document addressed to the European Parliament and European Council on the transfer of personal data from the EU to the U.S. under EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, following the decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidating the European Commission’s Safe Harbor decision.… Continue Reading

EU Commissioner Announces Further Guidance on the Impact of the Safe Harbor Ruling and an Agreement “In Principle” on a New Safe Harbor Framework

On Monday, October 26, 2015, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, gave a speech before the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on the recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that invalidated the European Commission’s Safe Harbor Decision. … Continue Reading
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