GDPR

Article 80 (2) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides that Member States can entitle properly constituted not-for-profit bodies, organizations or associations that have statutory objectives which are in the public interest, and are active in the field of the protection of data subjects’ rights and freedoms, with the right to lodge complaints with

Dark patterns are top of mind for regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. In the United States, federal and state regulators are targeting dark patterns as part of both their privacy and traditional consumer protection remits. Meanwhile, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) is conducting a consultation on proposed Guidelines (Guidelines) for assessing and avoiding dark pattern practices that violate the EU General Data Protection Directive (GDPR) in the context of social media platforms. In practice, the Guidelines are likely to have broader application to other types of digital platforms as well.
Continue Reading “Dark Patterns” Are Focus of Regulatory Scrutiny in the United States and Europe

Ransomware and DDoS attacks are costly to organisations that fall victim in terms of reputational damage, picking up the pieces as well as potential enforcement from the ICO and compensation claims by data subjects.
Continue Reading Double Trouble: Why Organisations Need to Consider the Legal Consequences of Ransomware and DDoS Attacks

On 25 March the US and EU announced “agreement in principle” on a new legal framework for GDPR-compliant transfers of EU personal data to the United States. The agreement reflects US commitment to implementing new safeguards designed to address concerns that led to the July 2020 Schrems II decision of the European Court of Justice

On February 2, 2022, the Belgian Data Protection Authority (the ‘Belgian DPA’) imposed a number of sanctions against Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (‘IAB Europe’), for alleged violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (the ‘GDPR’) by its Transparency and Consent Framework (the ‘TCF’).

TCF is developed by IAB Europe, in partnership with IAB Tech

EU FlagIt has been almost two years since the GDPR came into force and now the European Commission (“EC”) is set to undertake a review and eventually report on issues regarding the application of the GDPR. Specifically, the EC will report on the international transfer provisions and cooperation and consistency mechanisms between supervisory authorities.

The EC is currently in the “roadmap” phase of the process. A roadmap aims to inform citizens and stakeholders about the EC’s work. One element of the roadmap is to gather feedback from citizens and stakeholders, and the opportunity to provide such feedback opened on 2 April 2020. The closing date for feedback is 29 April 2020. There is a 4000 character limit on the feedback function, but word documents can be uploaded where they contain research or other findings that support the feedback being provided. This feedback will be used to further develop and finesse the review. There are specific rules for providing feedback, which are linked here.
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Under article 87 regulation (EU) 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation GDPR, member states may define the specific conditions for the processing of a national identification number or any other identifier of general application. As discussed below, France has made an interesting application of this rule regarding, in particular, the social security number. 
Continue Reading Use of the Social Security Number in France

On 30 April, Squire Patton Boggs and the Digital Policy Alliance held an event entitled “Data Governance Under the GDPR: Are DPOs the Best Solution?” The aim of the session was to explore different approaches to the management of tasks involved in data governance, data protection and compliance, and the advantages and disadvantages of having a Data Protection Officer (‘DPO’). Following a scene-setting overview provided by Matthew Kirk, Senior Advisor at SPB, the discussion was led by Lord Erroll (Chairman of the Digital Policy Alliance). Jonathan Bamford (Director of Strategic Policy (Domestic) at the ICO) gave the key-note address and then joined the panel alongside Annette Demmel (Partner – Squire Patton Boggs) and Carol Tullo, OBE (Senior Associate and Legal Counsel – The Trust Bridge).
Continue Reading Are DPOs the Best Solution?