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25 January 2016

Essentially Equivalent: A Comparison of the Legal Orders for Privacy and Data Protection in the European Union and United States

In a milestone decision on transatlantic data protection, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its judgment in the Schrems case, declaring the Commission decision on the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor agreement invalid. The CJEU declared that such a decision requires a finding that the level of protection of fundamental rights and freedoms in the laws and practices of the third country is “essentially equivalent” to that guaranteed within the EU. Given the CJEU’s decision, the Commission and data protection authorities are now called upon to examine the legal order in the U.S. and compare its level of protection to that within the EU.

This report provides a roadmap and resource for this comparison. Following the analysis laid out by the CJEU in Schrems, it shows how privacy values deeply embedded in U.S. law and practice have resulted in a system of protection of fundamental rights and freedoms that meets the test of essential equivalency.

Click here to view the executive summary.

Click here to view the full report.

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11 January 2016

Top Ten Data Protection and Privacy Issues to Watch in 2016

*This post originally appeared in Law360 on January 7, 2016.

While 2015 was a big year in data, 2016 may prove to be even bigger.  Many hot button and game changing topics are being debated in legislative bodies and campaign trails, regulators are focused, and privacy-related litigation continues to rise. Below, we count down the top ten cybersecurity, data protection and privacy issues to watch in 2016.

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29 December 2015

Happy New Year!

From the invalidation of Safe Harbor to agreements on the EU Regulation, from EU cybersecurity legislation to US cybersecurity legislation, from flexed and tested regulatory enforcement powers to multiple noteworthy cybersecurity guidance from regulators and other governmental entities, to changes in state laws, 2015 was an enormously eventful year in data protection and privacy. We invite you to browse our archives and use our tags to catch up on any of the hottest stories you may have missed.

As 2015 comes to a close, we wish all our readers a Happy New Year from Sidley’s Privacy, Data Security and Information Law practice, and may all your data be secure in 2016.

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03 December 2015

Does Cybersecurity Law Work Well? An Interview with Ed McNicholas

This piece originally appeared in a post by Daniel Solove, Organizer of the Privacy+Security Forum and George Washington University Law School Professor, on November 30, 2015 at LinkedInBlog.

Renowned privacy professor Daniel Solove, organizer of the Privacy + Security Forum and professor at GW Law School, recently interviewed Sidley’s Ed McNicholas, a co-leader of the Privacy, Data Security and Information Law practice, to discuss evolving standards and his new treatise.  Solove and McNicholas discussed the development of the law of cybersecurity and the burdens being placed on companies to be diligent in addressing cyber risk.  Read the interview here.

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02 December 2015

The second edition of The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review is now available

The second edition of The Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Law Review appears as the world is converging on more privacy laws that cover more areas of business and are subject to more enforcement. Several Sidley lawyers in the Privacy, Data Security and Information Law practice have contributed to this publication, including Alan Charles Raul, William RM Long, Geraldine Scali, Catherine M. Valerio Barrad, Yuet Ming Tham, Jillian Lee, Takahiro Nonaka, Tasha D. Manoranjan, and Vivek K. Mohan. For a closer look at this developing area of law, please visit http://www.sidley.com/the-privacy-data-protection-and-cybersecurity-law-review-11-2015.

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23 October 2015

Safe Harbor Data Privacy Briefing: Your Questions Answered by Giovanni Buttarelli

Everyone is talking about the European Court of Justice’s landmark judgment that declared the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor invalid.

As a follow-up to our webinar on October 8, “What Safe Harbor’s Invalidation Means for Your Business” took place on October 20, 2015 through a partnership with Sidley Austin LLP and DataGuidance. The European Data Protection Supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, held a special Q&A session where he shared his invaluable perspective on how the CJEU’s recent judgment will impact the business landscape. Mr. Buttarelli was joined by Sidley partners William Long, who advises on European privacy law, Maarten Meulenbelt, who advises on the EU regulatory affairs, and Alan Charles Raul, co-leader and founder of Sidley’s Privacy, Data Security and Information Law practice.

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09 October 2015

Safe Harbor: Your Questions Answered

The webinar “Safe Harbor Briefing: Your Questions Answered,” took place on October 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm BST through a partnership with Sidley Austin LLP and DataGuidance. Speakers for the briefing panel were Cameron Kerry, Senior Counsel, who as General Counsel of the U.S. Commerce Department led U.S. discussions with the EU on Safe Harbor, William Long, Partner, who advises on European privacy law and Maarten Meulenbelt, Partner, who advises on the EU regulatory affairs. Panelists discussed and answered attendees questions on the CJEU’s judgment, its impact on companies that have relied on Safe Harbor to transfer data, and what to do in response. See more:

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