Tag Archives: Data Transfers

EU Data Protection Regulators All Set to Scrutinise ‘EU-U.S. Privacy Shield’ and Transfer Mechanisms to the U.S. Generally

On 3 February, the Article 29 Working Party (‘WP29’), a group comprising representatives of the EU Member States’ Data Protection Authorities (‘DPAs’), issued a statement cautiously welcoming the agreement on an “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield”. If it is formally adopted, the Privacy Shield will replace the Safe Harbor agreement that was declared invalid by the EU’s … Continue Reading

Amendments to Poland’s Data Protection Law Ease the Rules on Data Exports and Data Protection Officers

The Polish Parliament passed the Facilitation of Business Activity Act (source in Polish) which significantly amends the existing Act on Personal Data Protection. The amendments come into force 1 January 2015. The changes mean that the EU Commission’s approved Standard Contractual Clauses for data transfers (“SCCs”) and approved Binding Corporate Rules (“BCRs”) are automatically recognised … Continue Reading

President of the EC calls for a finalisation of Europe’s data protection rules and review of safe harbor

Incoming president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has radically transformed the EU executive to help him pursue his vision for the next five years. Juncker seeks to make the EU “an area of justice and fundamental rights based on mutual trust,” and has led to him calling for the “conclusion of negotiations on the … Continue Reading

Poland’s Draft Data Protection Law To Alter the Rules for Data Transfer and Data Privacy Officers

A draft of Poland’s new draft data protection law has been released and has the potential to significantly change the rules in Poland governing international data transfers and data privacy officers. Under existing rules, Poland is an EU member state that does not currently recognise the Standard Contractual Clauses or Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) as … Continue Reading

EU Data Protection Update: Belgium, Italy and Slovakia

Belgium has issued a new protocol to facilitate the approval process for transfers of personal data outside the EU. Italy issued new regulations governing direct marketing, and the Slovak Republic has introduced a new data protection act—a busy few months! Belgium’s new protocol on data transfers was issued on the 25th of June by the … Continue Reading

U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Under Fire

As part of an on-going debate on the European data protection reform, doubts were cast over the adequacy of the Safe Harbor arrangements with the United States. Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, called the 13-year-old data-sharing agreement between the EU and the United States a potential “loophole for data … Continue Reading

EU Article 29 A29WP publishes new BCR guidance for processors

The European Union (EU) data protection body, the Article 29 Working Party (A29WP), in April adopted new guidance on Binding Corporate Rules for Processors (BCPRs). The document supplements the opinion from June 2012, which listed elements required for valid BCPRs, by further clarifying what provisions and mechanisms must be included before BCPRs can be authorised. … Continue Reading
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