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Advocate General Rejects Facebook’s Claim of Sole Irish Jurisdiction in EU

On October 24, 2017, an opinion issued by the EU’s Advocate General Bot rejected Facebook’s assertion that its EU data processing activities fall solely under the jurisdiction of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner. The opinion relates to the CJEU case C-210/16, under which the German courts sought to clarify whether the DPA in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein could take action against Facebook regarding its use of web tracking technologies on a German education provider’s fan page without first providing notice. … Continue Reading

U.S. Government Seeks to Join Schrems Case

On June 13, 2016, the U.S. government expressed its wish to join the legal proceedings brought by Max Schrems concerning the validity of international data transfers under EU Standard Contractual Clauses. … Continue Reading

States Writing Biometric-Capture Laws May Look to Illinois

Recent class actions filed against Facebook and Shutterfly are the first cases to test an Illinois law that requires consent before biometric information may be captured for commercial purposes. Although the cases focus on biometric capture activities primarily in the social-media realm, these cases and the Illinois law at issue have ramifications for any business … Continue Reading

German DPA Appeals Court Decision on Facebook Fan Pages and Suggests Clarification by ECJ on Data Controllership

On January 14, 2015, the data protection authority of the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein issued an appeal challenging a September 4, 2014 decision by the Administrative Court of Appeals, which held that companies using Facebook’s fan pages cannot be held responsible for data protection law violations committed by Facebook because the companies do not have any control over the use of the data. … Continue Reading

SEC Issues New Guidance on the Use of Social Media

Hunton and Williams' Corporate Governance team reports on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new guidance concerning the use of social media in certain securities offerings, business combinations and proxy contests. This blog post includes a link to a PDF version of the team’s client alert on this topic.… Continue Reading

German Appeals Court Finds German Data Protection Law Applicable to Facebook

On January 24, 2014, the Chamber Court of Berlin rejected Facebook's appeal of an earlier judgment and imposed certain restrictions on Facebook's use of the "Find a Friend" feature and its privacy notices. This case continues a trend of German consumer protection organizations bringing successful claims for data protection law breaches against international businesses. … Continue Reading

Court Approves 20 Million Dollar Facebook Settlement

On August 26, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved a settlement with Facebook related to the company’s alleged misappropriation of certain Facebook members’ personal information in connection with its Sponsored Stories program.… Continue Reading

Amended COPPA Rule Comes into Effect

The Federal Trade Commission’s changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule come into effect today. This post summarizes key changes affecting businesses subject to the amended Rule.… Continue Reading

Irish ODPC Publishes 2012 Annual Report

On May 20, 2013, the Irish Office of the Data Protection Commissioner published its annual report for 2012, which summarizes the activities of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner during 2012, including its investigations and audits, policy matters, and European and international activities.… Continue Reading