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 ...

#PrivacyShield does not provide adequate data protection for EU citizens

On 5 July 2018 MEPs passed a resolution (303 votes to 223, 29 abstentions) to suspend Privacy Shield starting from 1 September 2018 until the United States is in full compliance with the terms of the agreement. Members of the European Parliament in doing so have called upon US authorities to remove companies that misuse personal ...

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 ...

The New Surinamese Privacy and Data Protection (SPDP) Law

On 3 May 2018 I officially presented the Surinamese Privacy and Data Protection (SPDP) Law to the Parliament. The reaction was positive and Members of the Parliament were interested in understanding the key provisions of the SPDP Law, acknowledging the need in the country to establish the fundamental right to personal data protection and, more ...

#CoE Treaty No.108: Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data

The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers has approved the modernisation of Treaty No. 108, Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data. The amending protocol will be formally adopted next week by the  Committee of Ministers  during their annual ministerial session on 18 May 2018 in Elsinore (Denmark). In it's Summary Report on co-operation between the ...

New Publication | Controversies and Challenges of Trustmarks: Lessons for Privacy and Data Protection Seals

My latest academic publication, "Controversies and Challenges of Trustmarks: Lessons for Privacy and Data Protection Seals", has recently been published in Privacy and Data Protection Seals, IT & Law Series Volume 28, distributed for T.M.C. Asser Press by Springer. My contribution explores data protection seals and their relative challenges and controversies, highlighting significant aspects from the ...

Data Protection becomes a right Suriname

I am honoured to have been contracted by the Surinamese Ministry of Trade Industry and Tourism to draft the Privacy and Data Protection Law of the Republic of Suriname.  The law was presented last week to all stakeholders and media and will now go through the official law making process.  As a privacy professional there is no ...

EC publishes Communication on General Data Protection Regulation

On 24 January 2018 the European Commission  published a Communication to the European Parliament and the Council Stronger protection, new opportunities - Commission guidance on the direct application of the General Data Protection Regulation as of 25 May 2018. The Communication: details the opportunities new European data protection legislation will provide explains what the EC and ...

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 ...