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In an article published in Practical Law, Lisa J. Sotto, Bridget Treacy and Naomi McBride of Hunton and Williams examine the future viability of the Safe Harbor Framework in light of criticism from the EU stemming from disclosures regarding the U.S. government’s surveillance programs.
Continue Reading Privacy and Data Security: The Future of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor

On December 16, 2013, a U.S. federal district court judge granted a preliminary injunction barring the government from collecting and analyzing metadata related to two consumers’ mobile phone accounts, finding that the NSA’s “indiscriminate” systematic collection of telephone records likely violates the Fourth Amendment.
Continue Reading Federal District Judge Ruling Casts Cloud Over NSA Data Collection

As reported by Bloomberg BNA, the Irish Office of the Data Protection Commissioner has stated that it will not investigate complaints relating to the alleged involvement of Facebook Ireland Inc. and Apple Distribution International in the PRISM surveillance program.
Continue Reading Ireland DPA Will Not Investigate Facebook or Apple over Involvement in the PRISM Program

On July 24, 2013, Federal and State Data Protection Commissioners in Germany issued a press release stating that foreign intelligence and security agencies threaten international data traffic between Germany and countries located outside the European Union.
Continue Reading German DPAs Halt Data Transfer Approvals and Consider Suspending Transfers Based on Safe Harbor, EU Model Clauses

The United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in a FISA case is likely to have a significant impact on privacy and data breach-related class actions, possibly thwarting the ability of individuals affected by breaches to assert standing based on a fear of possible future harm.
Continue Reading Supreme Court Finds Lack of Standing to Challenge Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act