Don’t use consent for the processing of employee data! Greek DPA issues first fine under GDPR

The Hellenic DPA in Decision no 26/2019 decided that for personal data to be processed in compliance with the GDPR, all the principles outlined in Article 5(1) GDPR should be met. The Decision came to light after the DPA received complaints concerning the processing of PriceWaterhouseCoopers employee data where employees were required to provide their ...

ePrivacy Regulation updates

On 12 July 2019 the consolidated text of the forthcoming ePrivacy Regulation was made available. The document was published in light of the 17 July WP TELE (which will focus on articles 12-16 and related recitals) and covers the entire text of the proposed regulation. Of particular relevance, the definition of direct marketing communications ...

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 ...

Call for global agreement on Data Protection

I think that today is a good day to ask the future Members of the European Parliament and American Presidential Candidates to think about a global dimension of data protection and to commit themselves to develop international legislative instruments that have the power to truly enable world-wide digital citizenship.   Read my Letter addressed to the ...

Personal Data Protection as the New Competitive Edge: Generating Socially Responsible Corporate Behaviour

Last Friday I held my inaugural lecture as Professor of Privacy, Cybersecurity, and IT Contract Law at the Faculty of Law - European Centre for Privacy & Cybersecurity at Maastricht University. During my lecture I introduced the research activities that I would like to further develop at Maastricht University in a multidisciplinary setting that includes ...

The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium and Fairness by Design

The Ford Motor Company, General Motors, the Toyota Motor Corporation, and SAE International have recently announced the formation of the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC) whose aim is to advance the safe development, testing and deployment of automated vehicles. The AVSC, according to SAE, "will provide a safety framework around which autonomous technology can responsibly evolve in ...

The Legal Aspects of Blockchain Technology: Smart Contracts, Intellectual Property and Data Protection: Part I

This blog series is based on a chapter for the forthcoming book entitled "Essentials of Blockchain Technology".  The chapter was written together with Martim Taborda Barata, LL.M., Senior Associate at ICT Legal Consulting International, and  lawyer registered at the Portuguese Bar Association.  Blockchain is part of the future.  Some consider it a revolutionary technology and others see it ...

The latest ruling of the Court in Rome on the liability regime of hosting providers: cases of liability under Art. 2043 Italian Civil Code and exemptions

On 10 January 2019, the regional Court in Rome (Tribunale di Roma) Section XVII Civil, issued decision no. 693, which addresses the issue of the liability regime of hosting providers with respect to illegal content that was uploaded by users of hosting services – also referring to the ‘active’ or ‘passive’ role of the hosting providers. Internet ...

PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION AND THE USE OF INFORMATION TO FIGHT ONLINE-TERRORIST PROPAGANDA, RECRUITMENT, AND RADICALIZATION: PART IV

In this fouth blog post of my exploration into the matter based on an upcoming publication for CRC Press, part of the Online Terrorist Propaganda, Recruitment, And Radicalization Book Project that I wrote together with Dr. Milda Macenaite, I will specifically explore the relationship between personal data protection and use of information. The relationship between the protection and use of that very information is depends on ...

Personal Data Protection and the use of Information to Fight Online-Terrorist Propaganda, Recruitment, and Radicalization: Part I

What is the relationship between Data Protection and the use of information in the fight against terrorism? This complex question deserves more than a simple answer.  In fact, together with Dr. Milda Macenaite,  I have attempted to explore this question in great depth and shortly a book chapter will be published in the CRC Press (an imprint ...