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(Feb 12, 2016) The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), put forth by the European Commission in 2012 and finally generally agreed upon by the European Parliament and Council in December 2015, is set to replace the Data Protection Directive 95/46/ec. Once the GDPR is formally adopted by the European Parliament and Council and printed in the Official Journal of the European Union sometime this spring, it will be directly applicable in each member state and lead to a greater degree of data protection ha... Read More

The Privacy Advisor, Westin Research Center

Article 29 Working Party lays out GDPR action plan

(Feb 11, 2016) Last week, in a highly anticipated presser, the Article 29 Working Party shared its preliminary assessment of the proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. Lost amidst this anticipation, however, was an equally significant announcement from the regulatory collective’s head, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, regarding the group’s action plan for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation. While the mandatory DPO doesn't come into force until 2019 at the earliest, and mechanisms like ... Read More

The Privacy Advisor

Privacy Bar Section of the IAPP unveiled

(Feb 10, 2016) The IAPP formally announced on Wednesday the Privacy Bar Section of the IAPP, a group geared toward administering to the distinct needs of those in the privacy-oriented legal profession. Of the IAPP’s more than 25,000 members, “we know more than 40 percent are lawyers,” said IAPP President and CEO J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP, in an informal web conference announcing the forum, “and these lawyers need services. To meet, to engage, to learn about privacy as a legal topic.” Enter the Privacy Bar Sectio... Read More

The Privacy Advisor

Groman: The president of the United States is doubling down on privacy

(Feb 10, 2016) Before Marc Groman, CIPP/US, was appointed back in June to his position as senior advisor for privacy at the Office of Management and Budget, there were any number of discussions about exactly where he should sit in the administration. Senior officials all across the Executive Office of the President “were realizing that privacy issues were increasingly touching everything,” Groman said in reflecting on his first conversations about coming back to the federal government. “And they were becoming... Read More

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CNIL gives Facebook three months to comply with privacy order

(Feb 9, 2016) As much of the privacy and technology world awaits the fate of the newly proposed EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the clock is now ticking for Facebook to comply with France’s Data Protection Act. On Monday, after a multi-pronged investigation, French data protection authority CNIL sent a formal notice to the social networking giant that it was violating the nation’s privacy law and now has three months to get into compliance. The investigation was triggered by Facebook's March 2015 privacy policy upda... Read More

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Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort

(Feb 9, 2016) As part of his 2017 budget proposal for the United States, President Barack Obama is including $19 billion for cybersecurity efforts, a 35-percent increase over fiscal year 2016. The funds will go toward a Cybersecurity National Action Plan, which includes the hiring of a chief information security officer, a $3.1 billion fund for IT modernization at the federal level, and, perhaps most importantly for privacy professionals, a new executive order establishing a permanent Federal Privacy Council,... Read More

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UK won’t opt in to portion of GDPR

(Feb 5, 2016) In a statement posted to the U.K. Parliament website yesterday by Baroness Neville-Rolfe, the U.K. government has made it known that it will not choose to opt-in to Article 43a of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation. House of Lords member Neville-Rolfe is Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the department that now houses the Information Commissioner’s Office.  Article 43a is a “new” portion of the GDPR, added after the Commission’s initial draft... Read More

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FTC, DoC answer Privacy Shield questions

(Feb 4, 2016) The U.S. Department of Commerce and FTC Commissioner Julie Brill provided new details about the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield late Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. The DoC, in an interactive Q&A, took to Twitter to answer questions on its role in the potential agreement, while Brill discussed the FTC’s role in a webcast interview with Information Technology and Innovation Foundation President Robert Atkinson. Specifically, Brill said the FTC won’t change the way it enforces privacy cases,... Read More

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The Privacy Shield now faces an uphill battle

(Feb 4, 2016) On Tuesday, Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Vera Jourová announced that the EU Commission had approved a political agreement on what will henceforth be known as the “EU-US Privacy Shield.” Over the coming weeks they will have to draft a fresh EU Commission adequacy decision to replace the previous “Safe Harbor” decision, which the Court of Justice of the European Union found invalid in Schrems. There is already speculation that the validity of this new decision will itself be challe... Read More

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Top 10 operational impacts of the GDPR: Part 7 - Vendor Management

(Feb 4, 2016) The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), put forth by the European Commission in 2012 and finally generally agreed upon by the European Parliament and Council in December 2015, is set to replace the Data Protection Directive 95/46/ec. Once the GDPR is formally adopted by the European Parliament and Council and printed in the Official Journal of the European Union sometime this spring, it will be directly applicable in each member state and lead to a greater degree of data protection ha... Read More

The Privacy Advisor, Westin Research Center