Region: European Union

Regulators urge European Commission to overhaul patchy GDPR framework

European data protection authorities have sent the European Commission a raft of proposals to improve GDPR enforcement through increased harmonisation – including around decisions in cross-border cases, investigative powers and complainant rights.

12 October 2022

Privacy Shield replacement revealed

President Joe Biden has finally revealed the detail of the latest iteration of the EU-US Privacy Shield, easing trans-Atlantic data flows after more than two years of Schrems II uncertainty.

07 October 2022

ECJ adviser clarifies interactions between GDPR and civil procedural rules

A European Court of Justice advocate-general has said the GDPR applies to orders for the provision of evidence in civil proceedings, forcing courts to balance the interests of affected data subjects against those who seek evidence.

07 October 2022

ECJ set to shut down swathes of damages claims

A European Court of Justice advocate-general has said mere infringements of the GDPR that cause trivial harm such as “mere upset” cannot lead to compensation – threatening non-material damages claims across Europe.

06 October 2022

MEP says GDPR processing principles need rethinking

A member of the European Parliament has said principles of data minimisation, purpose limitation, and storage limitation are no longer relevant and that the GDPR should be amended to adapt to technological developments.

29 September 2022

New data liability rules a “gamechanger” for EU litigation

New proposed EU rules for product liability around data and artificial intelligence could put a rocket under Europe’s data breach class action market.

29 September 2022

Commission insists €500 million contract raises no data protection concerns

The European Commission is seeking to reassure lawmakers that the awarding of a new contract for the operation of a communications service between EU institutions will not risk data from Brussels being transferred to the UK.

27 September 2022

ECJ advocate-general issues first opinion on processing in employment context

A European Court of Justice adviser has said that provisions regulating the processing of employees’ personal data should be specific and provide for certain safeguards to qualify as “specific rules” under the GDPR.

22 September 2022

EDPS takes to court to fight Europol data processing

The EDPS has urged the European Court of Justice to strike out provisions of the Europol Regulation, which it says override a previous order from the regulator and undermines its authority.

22 September 2022

ECJ adviser draws roadmap for antitrust enforcement into data practices

A European Court of Justice adviser has cleared the German antitrust authority’s ability to investigate Meta for practices that allegedly violate the GDPR, in a wide-ranging opinion that also clarified the law of sensitive personal data processing and large companies’ ability to validly gather consent and avoid its use altogether.

20 September 2022

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