Focusing on the latest digital trends and risks and developments in the field of data protection, privacy, information and cyber law.

Autonomous & connected vehicles: navigating the legal issues

Nigel Parker

Research has forecast the inexorable rise of the “connected car” and the continued push towards autonomous vehicles. We can expect to see significant disruption to the automotive industry as a consequence of changes to the value chain and business models driven by these developments. We have prepared a paper, which discusses key trends and legal Read More

EMA and HMA set up big data task force to establish roadmap on the use of big data in medicines assessment

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 23 March 2017, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), together with the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA), established a new task force “to explore how medicines regulators in the EEA can use big data to support research, innovation and robust medicines development” in order to improve human and animal health.  The task force is composed Read More

BCRs under the GDPR: Practical considerations

Wanne Pemmelaar

Modern businesses increasingly depend on the free data flows between business units, customers and third parties. As new legislation and developments shake up the existing principles of cross- border data transfer, many internationally operating organisations turn to Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs). The BCRs can be a key element not only for the compliant cross-border data Read More

Article 29 Working Party adopts Guidelines on the “lead supervisory authority”

Peter van Dyck

One of the key innovations of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the so-called one stop shop principle.  This principle aims to avoid companies that undertake cross-border processing of personal data finding themselves subject to a plurality of competent data protection authorities. Concretely, the GDPR provides that the data protection authority in the Read More

DPOs and the GDPR: Part 2 – Appointing a DPO

Ondrej Kramolis

In its newly published opinion, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) provides some useful input into discussion on the nature of the role of data protection officers (DPOs) under the GDPR. This is a question which many organisations have been grappling with, as they assess who should take on this role. The WP29 considers the qualifications Read More

DPOs and the GDPR: Part 1 – When is a DPO needed?

Catherine di Lorenzo

On 16 December 2016, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) released highly anticipated guidelines on some of the most critical matters in the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These guidelines are not legally binding, but local data protection authorities are likely to follow them.  The WP29 does invite comment on the guidelines Read More