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Musings from Marrakech

David Smith

I had the pleasure of attending the 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Marrakech. Although, for the first time, I wasn’t eligible to take part in the first day and a half of the conference, which is a closed session for accredited data protection authorities, I was able to participate in Read More

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European Parliament voices concerns on the EU-US Privacy Shield

Peter van Dyck

On 26 May 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the EU-US Privacy Shield. The European Parliament starts by stressing the importance of the economic relationship between the EU and the US, citing a total transatlantic trade in 2014 valued at USD 1,09 trillion. As such, the European Parliament underlines that having a streamlined Read More

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Brexit – the potential impact on data protection legislation

Charlotte Mullarkey

We are at an interesting time for data protection legislation in the UK. The existing EU Data Protection Directive, implemented in national law by each Member State, will almost certainly be replaced in 2018 by a new, recently agreed General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR), which will be directly applicable. This contains some fairly onerous Read More

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A leap forward for the EU-US Privacy Shield

Nigel Parker

Taking advantage of our extra day this month, the European Commission has today issued a press release summarising the steps taken to restore trust in transatlantic data flows following the 2013 surveillance revelations and the 2015 judgment of the CJEU in the Schrems case. The press release is accompanied by a draft “adequacy decision” as Read More

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Data protection class actions under German consumer protection regulations

Frank Schemmel

On 24 February 2016 a new Bill to promote civil class actions in consumer protection regulations under data protection law (Gesetz zur Verbesserung der zivilrechtlichen Durchsetzung von verbraucherschützenden Vorschriften des Datenschutzrechts) came into force. Strengthening of data protection enforcement German consumer organisations and regulatory bodies (including data protection authorities, but not the Federal Financial Supervisory Read More

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Article 29 reserves position on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield; uncertainty for companies remains

Jane Finlayson-Brown

Following the European Commission’s announcement on 2 February 2016 that agreement had been reached with the U.S. government on a new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the Article 29 Working Party (the A29 WP) held a press conference on 3 February confirming that whilst they see the agreement between negotiators as a positive step, they are reserving their position as to Read More

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