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

French Conseil d’Etat partially annuls the CNIL’s guidelines on cookies and other tracking devices

Laurie-Anne Ancenys

The Conseil d’Etat, the French Administrative Supreme Court, (the Council) partially annuls the CNIL’s cookies guidelines, on aspects related to cookie walls, for lack of competence. The background to this decision are guidelines on cookies and other tracking devices, issued by the French supervisory authority (the CNIL), on 4 July 2019. The purpose of these Read More

CJEU invalidates EU-US Privacy Shield framework and upholds EC Standard Contractual Clauses

Nigel Parker

On 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) issued a landmark decision in Case C-311/18 Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (commonly referred to as Schrems II). The CJEU invalidated the European Commission’s (the EC) adequacy decision on the EU-US Privacy Shield and upheld the general Read More

Schrems II : What Might We Expect on 16 July?

David Smith

Thursday 16 July promises to be a red letter day in the data protection world, at least for those of us with an interest in international transfers of personal data. This is when the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has said that it will announce its long awaited decision in the Schrems Read More

CMA calls for new UK regulatory regime for online platforms to address market study concerns

Louise Tolley

As 1 July saw the CMA publish its final in a series of reports regarding online platforms and digital advertising, our antitrust experts provide an update on the proposals here. Alongside details of the road to this point, the CMA’s headline concerns and recommendations for reform, the update flags the formal launch of the Digital Read More

The One-Stop-Shop – A Big Disappointment Or Just Slow To Bloom?

David Smith

A few months ago, when asked to comment on the success or otherwise of the GDPR’s so called one-stop shop I suggested that the house was still out. Whilst there were some worrying signs it was perhaps too early to simply write off the arrangement. Since then we have seen France’s top court, the Conseil Read More

Digital Services Act – a consultation on an evolution

Emma Keeling

On 2 June 2020, the European Commission announced that it had launched a public consultation on the much anticipated Digital Services Act package. This package was a fundamental part of the “Shaping Europe’s Digital Future” Communication in February and is a key step to creating a “Europe fit for the Digital Age”. The consultation covers Read More