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Two major recent cases (Fashion ID (c-40-17) and Planet49 (c-673/17)) highlight the importance of cookies compliance in Europe, and the complex intricacies which organisations must now consider. In addition, an increase in the number of enforcement actions and fines in Europe signify a move towards stricter regulation of ePrivacy.
➡️. Six jurisdictions have recently enforced non-compliant use of cookies with fines.
➡️. Eight jurisdictions accept that a user can provide consent via browser settings
➡️. Only a single jurisdiction (currently) accepts the user of cookie walls
➡️. Five jurisdictions find an implicit consent to be valid
DLA PIPER guide summarises practical requirements which organisations should consider when analysing their overall cookies compliance, including in relation to banners, polices and consent collection.
#privacy #dataprotection #cookies

NOYB ANNOUNCED : The DPC Ireland at “work”: 630 pages field with the Irish High Court, to block our Judicial Review and arguing why it should NOT decide the SchremsI and SchremsII complaint after 7½ years, despite the CJEU ruling this summer.
Find out more here: 

EU Commission proposes new Data Governance Act
#datagovernance #personaldata

IAB Europe publishes a ‘GDPR Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA) for Digital Advertising under GDPR’

Half of all organizations experienced security incidents associated with remote working during the lockdown period, according to a report by Tessian. The “Securing the Future of Hybrid Working” report also found that phishing remained the most prevalent threat facing employees working remotely. 

ENISA Report Highlights Resilience of Telecom Sector in Facing the Pandemic

Beacon AI will host their Global State of Privacy virtual event with Altada Technology Solutions on September 15th at 11am GMT. You can reserve your tickets now on Eventbrite

Delighted to be asked to participate in this Beacon AI‘s upcoming virtual event, Sharing the screen with some amazing fellow speakers including Gordon Wade, Áine Quirke, Gail ChalminAlexander HanffNiamh ParkerJT Lewis and Stijn (Stan) Christiaens on a host of the hottest topics in #dataprotection right now.

I look forward to seeing you there! Thank you to our event supporters CorkBICMason Hayes & Curran LLP and Glandore Network#

EDPB prepares for a “no deal” Brexit

“What this means is that companies in the EU (including the EEA) that are currently freely sending their personal data to the UK will have to implement appropriate safeguards in accordance with article 46 before transferring any personal data to the UK. These appropriate safeguards include:

  • Standard Data Protection Clauses adopted by the European Commission of a DPA
  • Ad Hoc Data Protection Clauses adopted the EU based company (data exporter) and the UK based recipient of this data (data importer)
  • Binding Corporate Rules
  • Codes of Conduct
  • Certification Mechanism”.

The European Data Protection Board Published its guidance :

ICO guidance

To help organisations prepare for a no deal Brexit, the ICO has published a short guide for UK businesses: Six Steps to Take:

  1. Continue to comply with GDPR and follow ICO guidance.
  2. Transfers to the UK: Review data flows and identify where your organisation receives data into the UK from the EEA to ensure sufficient safeguards are in place to allow the continued flow of personal data.
  3. Transfers from the UK: Identify data flows to countries outside of the UK, as these will fall under new UK transfer and documentation provisions.
  4. European operations: For organisations that operate across Europe, data flows, processing operations and group structures should be reviewed to fully understand the effect of Brexit on operations.
  5. Documentation: Identify privacy documentation in the event it needs to be updated when the UK leaves the EU.
  6. Organisational awareness: Ensure key people in the organisation are aware of these key issues and that plans are up to date.

UK Gov Guidance : Amendments to UK data protection law in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019

Resources on Brexit.

Google-Style GDPR Fines for Everyone? Bavarian DPA Conducts Website Cookie Practices Sweep, Announces Fines under Consideration

The French Data Protection Authority, CNIL, fining Google 50 Million Euros.

The European Data Protection Board summary explains how the CNIL has played the role of the lead authority to investigate the class actions filed by the Austrian Non Of Your Business, NOYB, and the French La Quadrature Du Net. ‘L’Europe est en marche’ – Europe is leading – and the Union is enforcing its capabilities. Britain will be missed after Brexit.

After Google, here comes Facebook : A Belgian court injonction to Facebook to stop his illegal collect of personal data in an 80 pages decision. 250.000 € maximum de 100 millions d’euros for everyday they dont comply. Things are acceleration. If you havent yet seen the French CNIL Google fine, have a look and make sure your organisation is compliant.

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Radio interview of Tara Taubman-Bassirian, voted Privacy Hero 2018, is on Voice of America Business.

Tara Taubman-Bassirian

Episode Description

2018 privacy hero of the year, Tara Taubman-Bassirian, discusses the EU GDPR, the increasing need for protecting privacy in the increasingly technology-rich environment, and some activities for Data Privacy Day on January 28, 2019. What are the benefits of GDPR? Where can it be improved upon? What do companies struggle with most for GDPR compliance? What is a “hot potato” GDPR issue? How are binding corporate rules (BCRs) used for non-adequate countries? How has Brexit impacted GDPR compliance? Why does privacy matter? What are the current largest threats to privacy? What are some activities for Data Privacy Day? Hear Tara discuss these topics, and more, with Rebecca.

We are preparing to celebrate the International Privacy Day on January the 28th. A TwitterChat at 3pm GMT using the hashtag #PrivacyAware with help of Kingston Technology. A drink in a pub in London from 6 to 9pm, you might want to register for. Hope to see many join us for these celebrations. contact

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Let the data flow, adequacy decision between EU and Japan adopted.

Former European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx joins ICO as non-executive director.

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Twitter under investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commission

Facebook’s challenge to a High Court ruling that raises serious concerns about data transfers between Europe and the US is more about appearance than facts, lawyers for the Irish Data Protection Commission told Dublin’s Supreme Court.

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Via EDRI : On 7 February, the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) presented two new working documents analysing further the issue of cross-border access to data in criminal matters, also known as “e-evidence”.

Conditions for obtaining subscriber information in relation to dynamic versus static IP addresses: overview of relevant court decisions and developments here and here.

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