On July 31, 2018, the Supreme Court of Ireland granted Facebook, Inc.’s leave to appeal a lower court’s ruling sending a privacy case to the Court of Justice of the European Union. In granting Facebook leave to appeal, the Supreme Court noted that “[i]t is in the interest of justice” that the Court hear its arguments. The hearing will take place within the next five months.
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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.
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The Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP recently submitted responses to the Irish Data Protection Commissioner and the CNIL on their public consultations, seeking views on transparency and international data transfers under the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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On September 19, 2017, the French Data Protection Authority launched an online public consultation on two topics identified by the Article 29 Working Party in its 2017 action plan for the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. These two topics are transparency and international data transfers.
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