On February 11, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party issued a statement on the 2016 action plan for the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The action plan outlines the priorities for the Working Party in light of the transition to a new legal framework in Europe and the introduction of the European Data Protection Board.
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On February 10, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Judicial Redress Act, which had been approved by the Senate the night before and included a recent Senate amendment. The Judicial Redress Act grants non-U.S. citizens certain rights, including a private right of action for alleged privacy violations that occur in the U.S.
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On February 3, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party issued a statement on the consequences of the CJEU’s ruling in the Schrems case invalidating the European Commission’s Safe Harbor Decision. This blog entry provides a summary of the statement.
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According to news reports, a new EU-U.S. Safe Harbor agreement has been reached. Vera Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, will present the new agreement to the European Commission today.
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On February 1, 2016, Vera Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, told Parliament that an agreement on a new U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement has not yet been reached. Jourova indicated that an agreement is close, but additional work is needed to finalize it.
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On January 28, 2016, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership held a special roundtable at Hunton’s Brussels office to examine the “essential equivalence” requirement for protection of data transfers to non-EU countries set by the Schrems decision.
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According to Bloomberg BNA, Paul F. Nemitz, Director for Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship at the Directorate-General Justice of the European Commission, said at a privacy conference that he hoped a new U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement would be reached by the evening of Monday, February 1, 2016.
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