The EU General Data Protection Regulation, which replaces the EU Data Protection Directive that has been in place since 1995, was formally approved by the European Parliament in April, with enforcement expected to begin in early July 2018. Francoise Gilbert, a partner with the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, examines how this will impact U.S. firms doing business in Europe.
Much to the surprise and disappointment of companies the world over, but especially those that are U.S.-based, last week the Article 29 Working Party, an advisory body comprised of all of the European Union data protection regulators, ditched the much anticipated Privacy Shield agreement between the European Union and the U.S. While many considered the draft to contain suitable and comprehensive protections of personal data transfers and use, obviously many EU member countries disagree. This leaves many companies operating in a state of uncertainty and unsure how to proceed with big data projects while the European commission tries to resolve the issues.
U.S. businesses with clients abroad have an increasingly complex legal and regulatory landscape to navigate, and the Commerce Department has a new program to help.
U.S. and European leaders have in fact been working on the new version of the Safe Harbor data privacy agreement since around 2013, Julie Brill, commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday.
The U.S. and EU have reached an agreement on cross-Atlantic data transfers, an eleventh-hour deal that heads off the restrictive regulations law enforcement agencies would have imposed starting Wednesday.
The deadline to reach a deal on data transfer rules between the U.S. and EU came and passed Sunday evening without a new agreement in place.
With the January deadline for Safe Harbor 2.0 looming, U.S. lawmakers are scrambling to address some of the key concerns that led to the agreement's demise. Last minute legislative deals seek to address the EU's problems, though it could be too little too late.
In response to a recent change in the data protection regulations in Europe, Microsoft announced plans today to open a data center in Germany that will be controlled by a German company.
In a development that should be good news to business travelers in Europe, the European Parliament voted Tuesday to end mobile roaming charges across member countries by June 2017.
Microsoft's top legal thinker and recently named president Brad Smith took to his blog Tuesday to discuss the implications of the EU striking from the books last week a longstanding international agreement on data due in part to the U.S. government's willingness to snoop on EU citizen information.