Tag Archives: data protection

Europe: European Commission survey finds that data protection remains a major concern for EU citizens

By Patrick van Eecke and Mathieu Le Boudec A recent survey commissioned by the European Commission reveals that data protection remains an important concern for EU citizens. Key findings of the survey are that: Control over personal data More than eight out of ten respondents feel that they do not have complete control over their … Continue Reading

Europe: One step closer to European Privacy Regulation?

On 15 June 2015, EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers have reached a general approach on the General Data Protection Regulation at their Council meeting (the document can be consulted here). This means that, more than three years after the Commission’s initial proposal and more than one year after the European Parliament adopted its position, … Continue Reading

EUROPE: Security and privacy must go hand in hand, not head-to-head, says European Privacy Supervisor

by Patrick Van Eecke & Julie De Bruyn At a 29 April Cybersecurity and Privacy conference in Brussels, Keynote Speaker and recently appointed European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) Giovanni Buttarelli was given the opportunity to comment on his 5-year strategy, published last month. Particular attention was paid to cybersecurity and the challenges posed by it … Continue Reading

Internet of Things: Business and Legal Framework Webinar

The DLA Piper Internet of Things group just launched a series of webinars on legal and business issues of the Internet of Things.  The first webinar will cover the Business and Legal Framework of the Internet of Things and will take place on Wednesday 22 April 2015 from 3.00 to 4.00pm UK time.… Continue Reading

EUROPE: EU-US data flows at risk? European Court of Justice today heard Facebook case.

By Patrick Van Eecke and Julie De Bruyn Today the Schrems v. Irish Data Protection Commission case was brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) for an oral hearing, following referral by the Irish High Court. While the final ruling by the CJEU is to be awaited until June 24, it … Continue Reading

European Data Protection Supervisor launches its 2015-2019 strategy

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) launched it data protection strategy, summarizing it in three strategic objectives and 10 accompanying measures for the next five years. The EDPS stated that it is a crucial moment for data protection, a period of unprecedented change and political importance, not only in the EU but globally. 1. Data … Continue Reading

EUROPE: European cookie sweep results published: average of 34.6 cookies per website.

By Patrick Van Eecke and Julie De Bruyn Article 29 Working Party, the European data protection advisory body, has published its report on the ‘cookie sweep’ that was carried out in September last year in partnership with data protection authorities and other regulators across 8 Member States (Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Slovenia, … Continue Reading

Belgium getting tough on Facebook?

By Patrick Van Eecke and Julie De Bruyn Today a delegation of Facebook is meeting with the Belgian ‘Secretary of State’ responsible for Privacy , Bart Tommelein. The subject of conversation are Facebook’s new terms of service and data policy, which are claimed to be in breach of the Belgian Data Protection Act. This afternoon, … Continue Reading

Europe’s Right to be forgotten: update on implementation guidelines

By Patrick Van Eecke and Mathieu Le Boudec Last week we wrote that the Article 29 Working Party (“Working Party 29”) has adopted guidelines relating to the implementation of the European Court of Justice’s Google ruling on the right to be forgotten. Click here for a previous blog post on this ruling. These guidelines have … Continue Reading

Europe: Right to be forgotten guidelines adopted by WP29

Article 29 Working Party adopts guidelines on the implementation on the Right to be Forgotten judgment of the CJEU By Patrick Van Eecke & Julie De Bruyn The Article 29 Working Party, the European data protection advisory body existing of representatives of the national data protection authorities of the EU Member States, announced yesterday to … Continue Reading

Connected Cars & Privacy: Automotive industry adopts consumer privacy principles

by Patrick Van Eecke and Julie De Bruyn Last week proved to be an important week for privacy and data protection in the US: while representatives of the European Commission were negotiating with US representatives on government surveillance and the extension of the US Privacy Act to EU citizens, the US Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers … Continue Reading

Big Data, Big Privacy Issues

By Patrick Van Eecke & Mathieu Le Boudec Last week, a resolution on big data was adopted under the auspices of the 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (hereafter: “ICDPPC”). After earlier guiding documents released this year by, among others, the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the Information … Continue Reading

BELGIUM: Belgian government’s new focus on privacy and technology laws

By Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick Almost five months after federal parliamentary elections took place, the negotiators from the four political parties around the negotiating table (Flemish parties NVA, CD&V and Open VLD and Walloon party MR) reached a coalition agreement which contains quite a few interesting policy initiatives from a privacy and IT … Continue Reading

Mobile apps – increasing privacy transparency is on top of your to-do list!

Mobile apps: increasing privacy transparency is on top of your to-do list! Patrick Van Eecke & Elisabeth Verbrugge As previously announced, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) recently released the results of the global privacy sweep of mobile applications it conducted in May 2014. More than 25 privacy commissions around the world examined a total … Continue Reading
LexBlog