The recent UK case of Soriano v Forensic News and Others tested the territorial reach of the General Data Protection Regulation and represents the first UK judgment dealing with the territorial scope of the GDPR. This was a “service out” case, where the claimant, Walter T. Soriano, sought the Court’s permission under the UK Civil Procedure Rules to serve proceedings on the defendants, who were all domiciled in the U.S.
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Lexology’s Getting the Deal Through releases its 2021 guide on Data Protection and Privacy. Hunton’s privacy and cybersecurity team members serve as contributing editors of the guide and have authored multiple chapters, including on Belgium, the UK and United States. This blog entry provides a link to download the guide.
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On December 24, 2020, the European Union and the United Kingdom reached an agreement in principle on the historic EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. For data protection purposes, there is a further transition period of up to six months to enable the European Commission to complete its adequacy assessment of the UK’s data protection laws. For the time being, personal data can continue to be exported from the EU to the UK without implementing additional safeguards.
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Sweet & Maxwell published the fifth edition of Data Protection Law and Practice written by Hunton’s Rosemary Jay. The latest edition provides a comprehensive and thorough review of the current state of data protection law in the UK, along with the background to the law.
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On December 2, 2020, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth submitted its response to the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s UK National Data Strategy consultation. In its response, CIPL highlights several considerations for DCMS when further developing and implementing its NDS.
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On November 10, 2020, Hunton Andrews Kurth will host a webinar examining the data protection considerations that arise on the UK’s departure from the EU. The UK’s Brexit transition period ends on December 31, 2020, and it is not clear whether the EU will formally recognize the UK’s data protection regime as ‘adequate.’ What does this mean for companies’ plans to update their data transfer mechanisms? Is adequacy the holy grail it is widely believed to be? What other issues must be considered? Is there still time?

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On October 22, 2020, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (“CIPL”) at Hunton Andrews Kurth submitted its response to the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (“DCMS”) call for views and evidence on its review of representative actions under Section 189 of the Data Protection Act 2018 (“DPA”). Section 189 requires the UK government to review the operation of the representative action provisions of the DPA and provide a report to Parliament by November 25, 2020.

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