UK: House of Commons Committee responds to UK Government’s Strategy for Post-Brexit Data Transfers and Privacy Standards

In February this year, the UK Government published a white paper outlining its approach to the on-going negotiations on exiting the European Union (“EU“). In response, the House of Commons Exiting the European Union Committee (“the Committee“)  has issued a report on the Government’s negotiation strategy which, inter alia, supports the Government’s intention to ensure …

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EUROPE: e-Privacy Regulation; towards stricter rules for online marketing and IoT communications?

The Article 29 Working Party has issued an Opinion on the draft e-privacy regulation proposed by the European Commission on January 10, 2017 (we have previously commented on the draft regulation). Among other things, the WP 29 appreciated the choice of a regulation rather than a directive, to make it fully complementary with the GDPR. …

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CANADA – KEY PRIORITIES OF THE PRIVACY COMMISSIONER IN 2017

On March 21, 2017, senior representatives of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) met with privacy practitioners to provide updates on policy, legal, compliance and enforcement activities of the OPC. The information disseminated at this annual meeting is important to all businesses collecting personal information of Canadians for two reasons: It highlights …

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UK: Government triggers Article 50

After months of speculation and legal and political wrangling, Theresa May, the UK Prime Minister, has today triggered Article 50 and formally begun the process of the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. For latest insights on all aspects of Brexit, including the GDPR and data transfers to / from the UK after …

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EUROPE: Data and tech governance for the connected retail sector 2. Retailers as tech operators

In the previous post we discussed how sound personal data governance will help retailers to seize the opportunities provided by digital transformation. Retailers are aiming to grow globally, in part to offset the limited growth available in mature markets. Within such a wider perspective, governance should also address reputational risks with a holistic approach. Data …

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Canada – Important CASL changes in effect on July 1, 2017

Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL) came into effect on July 1, 2014. Almost three years later, Canadian businesses and their lawyers are still grappling with CASL compliance issues and trying to understand how CASL’s broad and often unclear provisions apply in practice. And, on July 1, 2017, two new things happen under CASL. Basis of implied …

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FRANCE: The French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) Publishes 6-Step Methodology For Compliance With GDPR

By Carol A.F. Umhoefer (carol.umhoefer@dlapiper.com) and Caroline Chancé (caroline.chance@dlapiper.com)   On March 15, 2017, the CNIL published a 6-step methodology for companies that want to prepare for the changes that will apply as from May 25, 2018 under the EU the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The abolishment under GDPR of registrations and filings with …

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ITALY: Italian authorities send a message with EU’s highest data protection fine as GDPR looms

The Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, “Garante”) has this month imposed fines of more than €11 million on five companies operating in the money transfers sector for unlawful processing of personal data. This is the largest fine ever imposed by a European Data Protection Authority. Sigue Global Service Limited, …

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FRANCE: France’s Highest Administrative Court Requests a Preliminary Ruling from the ECJ on the Right To Be Forgotten

By Carol A.F. Umhoefer (carol.umhoefer@dlapiper.com) and Caroline Chancé (caroline.chance@dlapiper.com)   On February 24, 2017, France’s highest administrative court (the “Conseil d’Etat”) submitted to the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) a series of questions raising serious issues with regard to the interpretation of the 1995 Data Protection Directive in light of the ECJ’s 2014 ruling in …

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EUROPE: Data and tech governance for the connected retail sector #1. Keep compliant to thrive in an era of digital transformation

Data and tech governance for the connected retail sector 1: Keep compliant to thrive in an era of digital transformation The retail sector is embracing digital transformation, with the connected retail market expected to reach more than USD 50 billion by 2022, according to Grand View Research). An increasing amount of personal data is used …

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