On 13 September 2018 the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport published a notice, Data Protection If There’s No Brexit Deal (the Notice). The Notice sets out the actions UK organisations should take to enable the continued flow of personal data between the UK and the EEA in the event that the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no exit agreement in place. If this happens, there would be no immediate change in the UK’s own data protection laws because the Data Protection Act 2018 would remain in place and – more importantly – … Continue Reading
Ten German data protection authorities (DPAs), led by the Berlin DPA, announced today that they will send formal questionnaires to about 500 companies in Germany to assess the scope of the companies’ cross-border data transfers. In a press release, the DPAs pointed out that the export of personal data to non-EU countries has become a common practice for major international, as well as small and medium sized companies, without, as the authorities say, adequate attention being paid to the unique data privacy issues raised by cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS).… Continue Reading
FTC Commissioner Julie Brill sat down this morning with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation to discuss the EU-US Privacy Shield, the new framework for transatlantic transfer of personal data announced earlier this week.
Commissioner Brill began by discussing the agreement generally, and provided valuable insight on the role of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the implications of the EU-US Privacy Shield for commercial entities in the US. Read on for a discussion of key takeaways from the event.… Continue Reading
On February 2, 2016, the European Commission and the United States reached an agreement on a new framework to permit transatlantic transfers of personal data. The new framework — named “EU-US Privacy Shield” — is slated to replace the US-EU Safe Harbor framework that was invalidated by the Court of Justice for the European Union.… Continue Reading