Region: European Union

German regulator slams data retention plans following ECJ ruling

Shortly after a landmark ruling in Europe’s highest court, the German federal data protection regulator has called for EU policymakers to permanently ditch blanket data retention.

13 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

German-led EU Council pushes tougher ePrivacy draft

In yet another twist in a long-running saga, the German presidency of the Council of the EU has proposed removing a GDPR-style legitimate interests provision from the ePrivacy Regulation.

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

Don’t overstate the role of data, Facebook says

Facebook’s director of economic policy has played down the competitive advantage available to platforms that have access to large tranches of data, while warning against the effectiveness of data separation and data access remedies.

25 September 2020

First shots fired in Schrems II Irish battle

Ireland’s data watchdog has opened an investigation of Facebook’s use of standard contractual clauses, leading to accusations from Max Schrems that the regulator has breached a court order in doing so.

10 September 2020

“Sorely needed” EDPB controller-processor guidance released

New guidelines on the concepts of controller and processor under the GDPR released by the European Data Protection Board provide fresh direction on joint controllership.

08 September 2020

Convention 108+ mooted as Schrems solution

Council of Europe officials have suggested the influential Convention 108+ could solve the international data transfer problems created by the Schrems II decision.

07 September 2020

European taskforce launched over Schrems II complaints

Regulators will investigate 101 complaints relating to companies’ continued use of the Privacy Shield and standard contractual clauses to transfer data to the US.

04 September 2020

Reynders: Updated SCCs coming this year

New Schrems-proof standard contractual clauses should be finalised this year, European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders has said.

03 September 2020

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