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    Schrems II – First Safe Harbor, Model Clauses next?

    It will probably come as little surprise to anyone in the data protection world but the inevitable has happened – it seems that the Court of justice of the European Union (CJEU) is now going to be asked to consider whether model form clauses (referred to as the Standard Contractual Clauses) pr...
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    Commission launches public consultation on e-Privacy Directive

    As part of its vision to achieve a digital single market, the European Commission has taken the first steps in reviewing the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive (the “ePrivacy Directive”), by launching a consultation on the effectiveness, relevance, coherence and efficiency of the Di...
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    GDPR to apply from 25 May 2018

    The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now been published in the Official Journal, firing the starting gun on the countdown to compliance. Yesterday’s publication of the official text follows on from final approvals from the Council of the European Union and the European Parliam...
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  • The secret’s out! Trade Secrets Directive approved

    Finally, on 14 April 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was approved by the EU Parliament … but it was very close to the wire. After a very long gestation period (it was first considered in June 2012) the Parliament finally voted in favour 503/131 of its provisions being adopted. This was despit...
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    ICO issues updated guidance on direct marketing

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently updated its guidance in respect of direct marketing. Whilst applicable to all organisations, the updated guidance has a strong focus on not-for-profit organisations, and follows on from recent concerns expressed by the ICO in relation to data pr...
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    GDPR passes final approvals

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has passed through the final stages of approval, clearing the way for publication in the Official Journal. The GDPR will come into force roughly two years following the date of publication. Following political agreement between the European Commission, t...
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    National data protection authorities express concerns with Privacy Shield

    Earlier today the Article 29 Working Party (29WP) published its response to Privacy Shield, the European Commission’s proposal to replace Safe Harbor for data transfers to the United States. Whilst the 29WP’s statement (PDF) welcomes a number of “significant improvements” ove...
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  • First modern slavery statements due shortly

    Businesses with financial year-ends falling on 31 March 2016 onwards will be required to publish their annual modern slavery statement for the previous financial year. The requirement in section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 applies to commercial organisations supplying goods or services in the ...
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    Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation – attend our free seminars

    Earlier this week, the Information Commissioner’s Office published a short guide (PDF) setting out 12 steps that organisations can take now to help them prepare for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into effect in 2018. The GDPR will impact on all organisations...
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    Privacy Shield – the Commission publishes further details

    On Monday (29 February), the European Commission published further information on Privacy Shield, the new mechanism proposed by the Commission and the United States to legitimise transfers of personal data to the United states. What has been published? The documents published by the Commission inclu...
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    Safe Harbor/Privacy Shield – the ICO speaks

    Earlier this month, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) published its initial response to the European Commission’s announcement on Privacy Shield. In short, the WP29 stated that it needed to see more detail in order for it to assess the proposals. Meantime, the use of the EU Standard Contract...
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  • New ODR information requirements for websites selling to EU consumers

    Last month we published an update on a delay to the European Commission’s online dispute resolution (ODR) platform for consumer disputes. As a result of the delay in making the platform available, traders were given a 6 week period to familiarise themselves with the platform and make the neces...
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    Loss of trade mark rights by default?

    Owners of registered community trade marks (CTMs) filed before 22 June 2012 may soon lose the full scope of coverage that they thought they had in terms of types of goods and services covered by their trade mark. They will have a one off opportunity to take action to prevent this only between 23 Mar...
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