On December 12, 2016, Politico reported that the European Commission intends to replace the e-Privacy Directive with a Regulation. The planned shift from a Directive to a Regulation means that the Regulation will create a harmonized set of requirements at the EU level that are directly applicable in the Member States.
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On September 8, 2016, Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi of the Court of Justice of the European Union issued his Opinion on the compatibility of the draft agreement between Canada and the EU on the transfer of passenger name record data with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
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On July 19, 2016, Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Oe published his Opinion on two cases that sought to establish whether a general obligation to retain data is compatible with the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection under EU law.
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On November 21, 2012, the UK Supreme Court affirmed a court order requiring the disclosure of identifying information of individuals who violated ticketing terms and conditions when they re-sold tickets to rugby matches using an online ticket re-selling website.
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Legal consultant Dr. Omer Tene reports that last week, the Israeli National Labor Court issued an opinion requiring employers to set forth clear policies with respect to employee use of computers and communications systems in the workplace. The Court distinguished between the monitoring of business email accounts, personal email accounts and “mixed” email accounts, and expressed reservations concerning the validity of employee consent in the monitoring context.

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On January 13, 2011, a bill containing several amendments to the French Data Protection Act was preliminarily adopted by the French National Assembly. The bill would amend several key provisions of the French Data Protection Act, including revisions regarding the authority of the CNIL, and the role of Chairman of the CNIL.

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