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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

CJEU – General Retention of Traffic and Location Data is Incompatible with EU Law

On 21 December 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued a new ruling interpreting national laws in the UK and Sweden which obligate telecommunications operators to engage in the bulk collection of metadata associated with various forms of data communications transmissions.  The issues were referred to the CJEU by the UK and … Continue Reading

Connected Toys Scrutinized Over Privacy and Security Weaknesses

Two connected toys, My Friend Cayla and i-Que robot, by Genesis have been receiving trans-Atlantic attention this month for alleged privacy, security and advertising law violations. On December 6, 2016, public interest organizations in the U.S. and European Union submitted complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and EU Data Protection Authorities (“DPAs”). The complaints … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 28 November 2016

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, France and Germany. UK Investigatory Powers Act Given Royal Assent Information Commissioner’s Offce (ICO) Issues More Fines to Companies Sending Spam Texts France Class Action for Data Protection Newly … Continue Reading

FCC Consumer Broadband Privacy Rules Effective Early 2017

On December 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) published its Consumer Broadband Privacy Report and Order in the Federal Register.  The Report and Order, released by the FCC on Wednesday, November 2, 2016—just one week after adoption—imposes significant restrictions on the use of sensitive customer proprietary information by retail broadband internet access … Continue Reading

GDPR Article 40: Code of Conduct for Cloud Providers Being Finalized by C-ISG

While over the last several months, many have expressed concern about cloud service providers’ (“CSPs”) ability to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), at the end of November some clarity was provided.  On November 30, 2016, the Cloud Select Industry Group (“C-ISG”) agreed on a Code of Conduct on Data Protection for CSPs … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 14 November 2016

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, Germany, France and the US. UK Investigatory Powers Bill One Step Closer to Royal Assent Gambling Websites Warned About Using Personal Data Germany Data Protection Authorities Examine Data Transfers … Continue Reading

New Comprehensive Chinese Cyber Security Law Approved

This week, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress approved the new Cyber Security Law. The law, which contains 79 articles under eight chapters, is set to take effect in June 2017 and has wide-ranging implications for how companies in China handle personal data and cybersecurity issues. The law applies broadly to entities or … Continue Reading
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