Results of the 3rd review of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield are finally here

Today, 23 October 2019, the European Commission published its report on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, to which approximately 5,000 companies are participating. The results of the Report are largely positive and confirm that the US ensures an adequate level of protection for the data transferred to it from the EU. Furthermore, in the Report, ...

Spain and Greece referred to CJEU for not transposing EU data protection rules into national law

The European Commission has referred Greece and Spain to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to transpose the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive, Directive (EU) 2016/680into their national law, which should have occurred by 6 May 2018.  The purpose of the Directive is to ensure a high level of data protection and facilitate the exchanges of personal data ...

Věra Jourová: SCCs to be modernised

In her intervention at the "The General Data Protection Regulation one year on: Taking stock in the EU and beyond" event held on 13 June 2019, Commissioner Věra Jourová discussed the state of the art of the GDPR, also with the aim of providing input to the next Commission who "will have to start working ...

Does Privacy Shield provide adequate protections?

On May 31st the Supreme Court of Ireland denied Facebook’s appeal to avoid referral of its recent case concerning the international transfer of personal data to the European Court of Justice.  You most likely remember the case brought forth by privacy activist and lawyer Max Schrems which questions whether the methods used by technology companies, and ...

5th EDPD Plenary Session: EU-Japan draft adequacy decision, DPIA lists, Artile 43 GDPR

The 5th EDPD Plenary Session took place last week on 4 and 5 December 2018.  Main points of the agenda included the EU-Japan draft adequacy decision, the adoption of opinions on the Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) lists submitted by Denmark, Croatia, Luxembourg and Slovenia, and the revision of the Article 29 Working Party guidelines on accreditation. ...

4th EDPB Plenary session recap

On 16 November the European Data Protection Authorities gathered for the 4th plenary session of the European Data Protection Board and yesterday, 19 November, a summary of some of the most important aspects discussed at the meeting was published providing an update on the EU-Japan draft adequacy decision, Clinical Trials Regulation and territorial scope. Here are the main ...

Another victory for privacy as Brazilian GDPR is approved

Following approval by the Brazilian Congress of the new "Brazilian GDPR" this past July, the President of Brazil has approved the Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados Pessoais or “LGPD”, aiming to improve privacy standards and personal data protection in the country.   The new Brazilian privacy legislation, Law n. 13.709/2018, amends previous privacy-related legislation in the country, namely ...

100 cross-border cases in the Internal Market Information System (IMI) under investigation: consistency is paramount

After the second plenary meeting of the European Data Protection Board, which took place on 4 and 5 July 2018, a substantial increase in the number of complaints received by Supervisory authorities has emerged.  In fact, at present there are approximately 100 cross-border cases in the Internal Market Information System (IMI) under investigation. The first results ...

Europe and Japan to speak the same privacy language

On 17 July 2018, the EU and Japan announced the conclusion of discussions on reciprocal adequacy of their legal systems, agreeing to create the world's largest area of safe data flows.  You can read the official press release here. The successful conclusion of the EU-Japan data protection-related talks is very good news for everyone. It will ...

EU-US Privacy Shield at risk

Earlier this month MEPs from the Civil Liberties Committee brought attention to the necessity of better monitoring Privacy Shield by way of a Motion for a Resolution to wind up the debate on the statement by the Commission pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure on the adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-US ...