Starting from July requests for preliminary rulings involving natural persons will be anonymised

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In light of the GDPR and the forthcoming law that will be applicable to European Union institutions, on 29 June 2018 the Court of Justice announced that it will anonymise the personal data of natural persons in preliminary ruling requests. The decision reflects principles enshrined in the GDPR such as the right to be forgotten and is warmly welcomed. Read ...

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Releases its “Handbook on European data protection law – 2018 edition”

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has released the updated 2018 edition of the "Handbook on European data protection law" which provides us with an understanding of the European Union and Council of Europe's applicable data protection legal frameworks. The handbook is particularly useful in that in addition to providing an overview of EU data protection law, it ...

EU-Canada PNR Agreement is incompatible with EU fundamental rights

The Court of Justice of the European Union recently issued an opinion determining that the agreement envisaged between the EU and Canada on the transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data may not be concluded in its current form, since several provisions of the draft agreement don't meet requirements stemming from the fundamental rights of the European ...

The Case of Standard Contractual Clauses: The Irish Data Protection Commissioner & Max Schrems

“The supervisory authorities should have the power to prohibit or suspend a data transfer or a set of transfers based on the standard contractual clauses in those exceptional cases where it is established that a transfer on contractual basis is likely to have a substantial adverse effect on the warranties and obligations providing adequate protection ...

Data Retention: CJEU reaffirms that exceptions to privacy should only apply if strictly necessary

On 21 December 2016 the Court of Justice of the European Union provided its Judgment in Joined Cases C-203/15 Tele2 Sverige AB v Post-och telestyrelsen and C-698/15 Secretary of State for the Home Department v Tom Watson and Others prohibiting the application of Member State laws that call for general and indiscriminate electronic communications data ...