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Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 13 March 2017

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the EU, France, Germany and the UK. EU European Data Protection Supervisor Issues Opinion on Proposals to Enhance Consumer Protection in the Digital Sphere France The CNIL Publishes a … Continue Reading

Can Personal Data Be Used As Payment For Free Online Services?

On 14 March 2017, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued its Opinion on the protection of personal data when it is used in lieu of payment for “free” online services.  The EDPS is an independent EU body responsible for advising the EU institutions on data protection matters. The Opinion was issued following a request … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 6 March 2017

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the EU and the UK. EU European Data Protection Supervisor Issues Opinion on European Travel Information and Authorisation System UK Information Commissioner: UK Should Seek to Obtain Adequacy Decision … Continue Reading

How does the GDPR apply to Big Data?

In March 2017, the ICO issued an update to its 2014 Report on Big Data in light of the imminent implementation of the GDPR. The updated ICO report has added a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning to its discussion of big data. The ICO argues it is the combination of the three that … Continue Reading

House Committee Passes H.R. 1313 Allowing Employers to Collect Genetic Information under Workplace Wellness Programs

On March 8, 2017, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved a bill, H.R. 1313 – Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, which would allow employers to require employees to undergo genetic testing and share such information under a workplace wellness program. The Committee favored the bill claiming it would allow employers to offer … Continue Reading

Possible Relief to Privacy Shield Fears: EU Data Transfers Excluded in New White House Executive Order on Immigration

On March 6th, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a new executive order on immigration that now excludes any mentions of the U.S. Privacy Act. The previous executive order, issued in January, instructed public agencies to limit privacy protections under the Privacy Act to only U.S. citizens, which caused some to question the validity of the … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 27 February 2017

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the EU, France, Germany, the UK and the US. EU MEPs Vote to Increase the Protection of Data Collected at EU Borders France French Data Protection Authority Launches RFP for … Continue Reading

WP29 Provides Guidance on Handling Complaints Under EU-US Privacy Shield 

On February 21, 2017, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) published a “Rules of Procedure for the ‘Informal Panel of EU DPAs’ According to the EU-US Privacy Shield” and a “Complaint Form for Submitting Commercial Related Complaints to EU DPAs.” Both documents also reference the not yet effective General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The publication … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 13 February 2017

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection and Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the EU and Germany. EU Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe Establishes New Code of Conduct European Data Protection Supervisor Sets Out Priorities for 2017 Germany Data Protection Commissioner of … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 6 February 2017

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection and Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from Germany, the UK and the US. Germany Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Adopts New Draft Regulation on the Use of Drones Federal Data Protection Commissioner: National Amendment … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 30 January 2017

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection and Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from France and the UK. France Digital Republic Bill Brings Material Changes to the Framework Regulating the French Telecommunications Industry CNIL Publishes Guidelines on Password Protection UK ICO Warns Against … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 23 January 2017

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from France, Germany, the UK and the US. France French Data Protection Authority Launches Discussion Group Germany ZITiS Starts Work in Munich UK ICO Responds to Ofgem’s Call for Evidence on … Continue Reading

A White House Executive Order May Affect Validity of Privacy Shield

On January 25, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order titled, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” which may affect the validity of the EU and Swiss Privacy Shield Framework that allow companies to transfer personal data to the US. The order (under Section 14) directs all federal agencies … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 16 January 2017

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the EU, France, Germany and the UK. EU Greek Court Requests Preliminary Ruling on Data Retention France French Government Publishes Medical Data Regulation Germany Federal Network Agency Receives More … Continue Reading

Drones – The Legal Challenges

Commercial use of drones is on the rise, with companies like Amazon (which recently filed a patent for a “flying warehouse”) positioning themselves at the forefront of the field. The challenge is to capitalise on drones’ commercial and technological potential, whilst navigating a complex and developing area of law.      UK regulation is comparatively flexible, although … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 9 January 2017

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the EU, Germany and the United States. EU New Regulation Proposed to Ensure Privacy in Electronic Communications Germany Bavarian Data Protection Authority Informs on Marketing in the GDPR Context … Continue Reading

Data Privacy – Commission changes existing decisions on standard contractual clauses and adequacy of third countries

In the aftermath of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (“CJEU”) judgment invalidating Safe Harbor, on 16 December 2016 the European Commission published two decisions, changing its previous decisions on standard contractual clauses (“SCC”) and adequacy decisions on third countries. Arguably, the amendments have been made in order to minimise the risk of … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 2 January 2017

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the UK and the USA. United Kingdom Investigatory Powers Act Challenged in Court of Justice for the European Union United States New York Department of Financial Services Issues Revised … Continue Reading

Video Surveillance in Public Areas – Lawful or Not?

After the brutal terror attacks in Berlin and Ansbach and the rampage in Munich last year, the German Government intends to allow video surveillance in public areas. Therefore, the German Government has presented a draft law that facilitates video surveillance for private operators of public areas and public events. More precisely, the Federal Data Protection … Continue Reading

New Year’s Resolution: Make Sure Privacy Policies are Followed and Opt-Out Procedures Work

A recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement is a reminder that companies should make sure that they live up to their privacy policies and that their opt-out procedures work as promised.  If not, the FTC is likely to claim that the company violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by engaging in unfair and deceptive … Continue Reading
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