On September 18, 2014, the Article 29 Working Party announced its decision to establish a common approach to the right to be forgotten, a tool-box to be used by all EU data protection authorities to help address complaints from search engine users whose requests to delete search result links containing their personal data were refused by the search engines. The development of the tool-box follows the Working Party’s June 2014 meeting discussing the consequences of the European Court of Justice’s judgment in Costeja of May 13, 2014.
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A Sub-Committee of the UK House of Lords published a report that strongly criticizes recent case law regarding the so-called “right to be forgotten” and calls for that right to be omitted from the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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On June 3 and 4, 2014, the Article 29 Working Party held a meeting to discuss the consequences of the European Court of Justice’s May 13, 2014 Costeja ruling, which has been described by many as providing a “right to be forgotten.”
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On January 28, 2014, Data Protection Day, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding gave a speech in Brussels proposing a new data protection compact for Europe. She focused on three key themes: (1) the need to rebuild trust in data processing, (2) the current state of data protection in the EU, and (3) a new data protection compact for Europe.
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Hunton and Williams has published its latest analysis in its series of Executive Briefings on the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation. This third update focuses on the Compromise Text of the Proposed Regulation approved by European Parliament. Links to download the Executive Briefings are included in this blog post.
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On June 25, 2013, the Advocate-General of the EU Court of Justice delivered his Opinion in a case against Google that questioned whether individuals have a right to have search result links about them erased. This blog entry provides further details on the case and the Advocate-General’s Opinion that individuals have no such right under existing law.
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In response to the draft compromise text released by the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union’s Justice and Home Affairs, Hunton and Williams has published a second update to its Executive Briefing Paper on the European Commission’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation.
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