On November 18, 2014, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams held the second workshop in its ongoing work on the risk-based approach to privacy and a Privacy Risk Framework. Approximately 70 Centre members, privacy regulators and other privacy experts met in Brussels to discuss the benefits and challenges of the risk-based approach, operationalizing risk assessments within organizations, and employing risk analysis in enforcement.
Continue Reading Centre’s Risk Workshop II in Brussels Emphasizes that Risk-Based Approach to Privacy Does Not Change Legal Obligations but Helps Calibrate Their Effective Implementation

On June 6, 2013, the European Union’s Justice and Home Affairs Council held legislative deliberations regarding the key issues of the European Commission’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation. The discussions were based on the Irish Presidency’s draft compromise text on Chapters I to IV of the Proposed Regulation.
Continue Reading Council of the European Union Discusses Progress on the Proposed EU Data Protection Regulation

Data protection authorities from ten countries around the world issued a strongly worded letter to Google expressing concern about the company’s privacy practices, and signaling an intent to pursue multilateral enforcement measures.

Continue Reading International Data Protection Authorities Scold Google Over Privacy Concerns

In February 24, 2010, an Italian court in Milan found three Google executives guilty of violating applicable Italian privacy laws.  The executives were accused of violating Italian law by having allowed a video showing an autistic teenager being bullied to be posted online.  The Google executives, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, Chief Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer and former Chief Financial Officer George Reyes, were fined and received six-month suspended jail sentences.
Continue Reading Senior Google Executives Sentenced for Violation of Italian Privacy Laws

The Criminal Court of Milan has suspended proceedings against four Google executives to allow time to address relevant procedural considerations.  The proceedings mark the culmination of a two-year investigation conducted by Italian authorities.  The investigation focused on video footage made available on Google Video that depicted a disabled boy being taunted by his fellow classmates.