It’s all about quality over quantity in data collection: my contribution at the Raiffeisenverband Südtirol Big Data congress

On 2 December I participated in the "BIG DATA Machen wir uns zum gläsernen Menschen?" congress organized by Raiffeisenverband Südtirol, an association of cooperative banks in Bozen (Italy).  The event discussed Big Data and the impact that Big Data has on financial services. My contribution focused on how banks can use data protection compliance as a corporate asset and the ...

International trade agreements: Let’s talk about the exchange of personal data

The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement/Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which was originally set to be approved by the end of this year after talks officially began in 2013, has recently been met with criticism from members of the European Commission's DG Justice and Consumers and Members of the European Parliament following a request from Japanese negotiators ...

EU-US Umbrella Agreement gets green light

Today the EU-US "Umbrella Agreement", the data protection framework for EU-US law enforcement cooperation, received a green light from the European Parliament without referral to the CJEU. Importantly, the Agreement will provide EU citizens with judicial redress rights in US courts in case of breaches, a key point for the EU during the long negotiation ...

New EDPS guidelines on web services and mobile applications

Today the European Data Protection Supervisor published two very welcomed guidelines on personal data protection. The first deals with the protection of personal data processed through web services and the second personal data processed by mobile applications provided by European Union institutions. You can find the complete guidelines below. Guidelines on the protection of personal data processed through ...

“WiFi for everyone”

Last week European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gave his annual State of the Union speech in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Two major points of the Address included Connectivity, or WiFi for everyone (can we get a big ‘Amen’?), and Copyright. "We propose today to equip every European village and every city with free ...

Changing the privacy game: Class action lawsuits

The decision of the Austrian Supreme Court on 12 September 2016 to refer the class action suit brought against Facebook by Privacy advocate Max Schrems to the European Court of Justice will have widespread consequences for both companies and consumers in Europe. Class actions on privacy-related matters represent a game changer for both consumers and businesses ...

European eHealth Week 2016

European eHealth Week 2016 took place last week in Amstedam. Trust was a central theme at the conference. Trust is especially important in the digital economy and is indispensable in eHealth and mHealth. For that reason an industry Code of Conduct has been developed at the urging of the European Commission. “The Code of Conduct aims ...

Goodbye Safe Harbor, Hello Privacy Shield

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The legal texts that establish the functioning of the Privacy Shield have been published On the 29th of February, the European Commission issued the long awaited legal texts that will put in place the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, along with a draft adequacy decision, a Communication summarising the actions taken over the last years to restore trust ...