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Francesca Blythe

01 August 2016

Privacy Shield Now Available for Certification

From Monday August 1, 2016, companies will be able to self-certify under the EU-US Privacy Shield (www.privacyshield.gov). The Privacy Shield was adopted on July 12, 2016 and is intended as a replacement to the now invalidated Safe Harbor framework. Companies preparing to self-certify their adherence to the Privacy … Read More

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28 July 2016

EU Data Protection Authorities Adopt One-Year “Wait and See” Position On Privacy Shield

The Article 29 Working Party, on July 26, 2016 issued a statement on the final form of the EU-US Privacy Shield, which was formally adopted on July 12, 2016. Speaking at a press conference, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, chairman of the Article 29 Working Party, stated that the EU data protection authorities … Read More

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13 July 2016

Formal Adoption of EU-US Privacy Shield

After many months of negotiation and review the EU-US Privacy Shield was formally adopted by the European Commission on July 12, 2016. This came just a few days after the Article 31 Committee approved the updated text of the EU-US Privacy Shield on July 8, 2016.

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06 July 2016

Privacy Shield Text Updated

The final text of the much anticipated EU-US Privacy Shield has been sent by the European Commission for review and approval to the Article 31 Committee, which includes representatives from all 28 Member States.  Approval by the Article 31 Committee will pave the way for a final decision by the … Read More

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07 June 2016

German Privacy Regulator issues first fines for inadmissible transfers of data to the U.S.

On 6 June 2016, the Hamburg Data Protection Commissioner issued fines against three international companies for failing to implement alternative data transfer mechanisms following the invalidation of Safe Harbor in October 2015.

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20 May 2016

Council Adopts EU-wide Cybersecurity Directive

On May 17, 2016, the European Council formally adopted the Network and Information Security Directive (the “NIS Directive“) at first reading. According to the Council press release, the NIS Directive is meant to increase cooperation among EU Member States on the vital issues of cybersecurity.

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14 April 2016

EU General Data Protection Regulation has been Adopted

On Thursday, April 14, 2016, the European Parliament voted to adopt the long-awaited EU General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR). During the plenary session Jan Philipp Albrecht, rapporteur of the European Parliament for the GDPR, welcomed the adoption following what he described as years of “democratic debate and legislative process.” … Read More

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12 April 2016

EU General Data Protection Regulation Takes Significant Steps Towards Adoption

The past several days, the GDPR (the EU General Data Protection Regulation) took two significant steps towards adoption.  On Friday, April 8, 2016, the European Council adopted the GDPR at first reading.  Then today, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (the LIBE Read More

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08 April 2016

Leaked Extracts on Working Party Opinion Indicate Approval of Privacy Shield May Not Be Imminent

Today, alleged extracts from the impending Article 29 Working Party Opinion on the adequacy of the Privacy Shield were leaked.  These extracts indicate that a number of clarifications on the Privacy Shield documents will be required before the Working Party can confirm that the Privacy Shield, in its view, ensures … Read More

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