International transfers

Most EU-adequate countries still happy to transfer data to UK

The majority of the countries deemed adequate by the EU have told the UK government that they will not restrict their data flows to the UK, in spite of a looming Brexit deadline.

19 October 2020

US DOJ urges judge to allow Trump’s WeChat ban

A San Francisco district judge has told US Department of Justice officials that they will be hard-pressed to convince her to reverse a previous decision declaring the Trump Administration’s WeChat ban as a threat to the First Amendment.

16 October 2020

Microsoft to continue hosting French health data – for now

A French administrative judge has refused to order France’s health database to stop processing personal information on Microsoft’s cloud, despite Schrems II-driven fears that US intelligence could access it – but France may nonetheless take the data away from Microsoft.

14 October 2020

German companies uncertain if Office 365 use is lawful

Following a probe by German data regulators, companies in the country face uncertainty about whether they can continue to lawfully use the ubiquitous Microsoft Office 365 software.

08 October 2020

EU-US gap widens over post-Schrems surveillance

The US and EU seem further than ever from an agreement on how to solve data flows to the US, with two influential pressure groups calling for wholesale US surveillance reform days after the US attempted to assuage companies’ fears.

02 October 2020

Schrems II parties fight over who won

Ireland’s cash-strapped data watchdog is seeking reimbursement of costs it incurred in bringing its Schrems II court proceedings – with complainant Max Schrems claiming he should be entitled to recover his own costs from the regulator.

01 October 2020

China prepares for new era in data protection

In a move likely to please international businesses, Chinese lawmakers will soon release a draft of the country’s first national omnibus law focused solely on data protection.

01 October 2020

Israel blocks Privacy Shield transfers

EU-adequate Israel has followed the European Court of Justice’s lead in stopping companies from using the Privacy Shield mechanism from transferring data to the US.

30 September 2020

Noyb reveals major companies’ responses to Schrems II

33 prominent companies have revealed how legal departments are responding to the Schrems II judgment – with many organisations leaning heavily on standard contractual clauses.

28 September 2020

Former Google CEO criticises Trump’s anti-TikTok crusade

Eric Schmidt has said the Trump Administration’s TikTok prohibitions and other restrictions on Chinese technology will harm the development of US AI capabilities.

23 September 2020

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