Privacy Shield passes Commission’s annual review

Today the European Commission published its first annual report on Privacy Shield, which is of fundamental importance with respect to international data transfers, having implications for both the EU and US economies. After one year, the Commission has confirmed that Privacy Shield is fit for its purpose, protecting the data of subjects whose data is ...

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 ...

Brexit and the future of data transfers to the UK

On 29 March 2017 Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, officially invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, effectively triggering Brexit.  But what does that mean for us as data protection and privacy experts and how will companies be affected by Brexit? The Lisbon Treaty establishes that countries exiting the EU ...

Article 29 Working Party publishes Privacy Shield enforcement documents

The Article 29 Working Party is preparing for enforcement as the nine-month grace period for US Companies that self-certified before 30 September 2016 comes to an end on 30 June 2017. As of today there are a total of 1,750 organizations signed up to the EU-US Privacy Shield List, which applies to the transfer of all ...

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 ...