What’s happened? Schrems strikes again. We’re all going to have to find new ways to protect transfers of data to the US – or stop doing it. The ECJ today invalidated the Privacy Shield framework that was cobbled together in 2015 after the ECJ struck down Safe Habour in response to the original lawsuit Max … Continue reading Privacy Shield is dead. Now what?
What is it? Despite the name, it’s not a feminine hygiene product. It’s the long-awaited replacement for Safe Harbour, the data protection scheme allowing data on EU citizens to be exported to the US for processing. You can read more on this blog about why Safe Harbour needed replacing. When does it take effect? It … Continue reading Privacy Shield – (some of) what you need to know
Facebook are in trouble again. You remember how a case brought by Max Schrems, an Austrian student, ended up bringing down Safe Harbour – the scheme that allowed EU citizen data to be sent to the US for processing? Well, now Facebook is being investigated by the German anti-cartel authority. The headline is that they … Continue reading A taste of things to come
Here’s today’s summary of all the security news that’s fit to print (and at least vaguely relevant to normal people). The ICO is preening over having effectively shut down a cold-calling firm that breached rules on automated calls. The fine? £350,000. The company’s reaction? Liquidation. Hmmm. So pop quiz: what will the ICO do the … Continue reading And in other news…
What are the GDPR? New regulations that are presently expected to come in to force in 2018, governing how companies operating in the EU deal with the personal data of EU residents. What is personal data? Any information that may be used to single out an individual. This is a broader definition than the one … Continue reading General Data Protection Regulations – the headlines
The Safe Harbour problem isn’t going away. I know, I know, you’re bored now. TL;DR and all that. Well, sorry, but I find this stuff interesting, and you should too. Why? Because it looks like February 2016 is when things will get nasty. Nasty how? Expensively. It’s all still opinion, but after the Germans weighed … Continue reading Wake up! Safe Harbour is still dead. (Where’s your data – oh no, not more of this)
Austria’s supreme court is to decide soon whether to open the floodgates. If the court rules that Max Schrems et al can sue Facebook over its handling of their personal data, and if their suit is successful – or looks like it might be – then every law firm in Europe will be trying to … Continue reading Après-moi, la deluge (where’s your data, reprise ad nauseam)
So this month we’ve seen the ECJ torpedo the Safe Harbour agreement which allows businesses handling personal data on EU citizens to transfer it to the US. I wrote about it here and here. The immediate effect was for affected businesses to look for other ways to legitimise carrying on as they had before, such … Continue reading Schrems and Safe Harbour – it gets worse (where’s your data second reprise)