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Category Archives: EU Data Protection

Bing To Use Location for Requests To Be Forgotten

Via Bing Blog: “Bing has expanded the scope of our Right to be Forgotten (RTBF) filtering in Europe. In the past, when Bing accepted an RTBF request, the URL would be delisted from all applicable European versions of Bing (such as Bing.fr, Bing.de, Bing.co.uk) for searches of the requestor’s name. Going forward, in addition to this practice, Bing will also use location-based signals (e.g., IP addresses) to delist the relevant URL on all versions of Bing, including Bing.com, for any user accessing Bing from the European country where the request originated. For example, if someone in France successfully requests delisting of a URL on Bing, in addition to delisting that URL from all applicable European versions of Bing, Bing will now also delist that URL for all searches of that person’s name—regardless of what version of Bing is being used—if the search originates from a location within France. This change will be applied to all valid European RTBF requests, including those we received prior to making this change. Our decision to expand the scope of RTBF filtering reflects recent developments in the European data protection regulatory environment, and these steps are in line with the broader industry.  We believe our updated process will enhance the privacy protections requested by European regulators, balanced against the need to protect the rights of our users to free access to lawful content.”

Friending the Privacy Regulators

McGeveran, William, Friending the Privacy Regulators (August 5, 2016). 58 Arizona Law Review, Forthcoming; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-26. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2820683 “According to conventional wisdom, data privacy regulators in the European Union are unreasonably demanding, while their American counterparts are laughably lax. Many observers further assume that any privacy… Continue Reading

Text of European Commission Adequacy Decision on Privacy Shield

“European Commission Implementing Decision of 12.7.2016 pursuant to Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Text with EEA relevance) THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION, Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Having regard to Directive 95/46/EC of… Continue Reading

Motherboard – Terrorism Database Used by Governments and Banks Leaked Online

“…Thomson Reuters’ database, called World-Check, is used by over 300 government and intelligence agencies, as well as 49 of the world’s top 50 banks, according to a company fact sheet. World-Check is designed to give insight into financial crime and the people potentially behind it “We monitor over 530 sanction, watch, and regulatory law and… Continue Reading

TTIP and Digital Rights

TTIP and Digital Rights Published: 08.06.2015 – “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP – pronounced “tee-tip”) is a draft trade agreement being negotiated between the United States (US) and the European Union (EU). This booklet presents the concerns that EDRi and its members have regarding TTIP, such as the lack of transparency in the… Continue Reading

BEUC and EDRi urge EU Commission not to undermine citizens’ privacy in trade agreements

EDRI – By Heini Järvinen “On 10 June 2016, the European Consumers Association (BEUC) and European Digital Rights (EDRi) sent an open letter to the EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, to express our concerns about the inclusion of a ban on (non-defined) “data localisation” in trade agreements. We urge the Commission to defend one… Continue Reading

European Commission and IT Companies announce Code of Conduct on illegal online hate speech

Brussels, 31 May 2016 – “The Commission together with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft (“the IT companies”) today unveil a code of conduct that includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe. The IT Companies support the European Commission and EU Member States in the effort to… Continue Reading

U.S.-EU Data Privacy: From Safe Harbor to Privacy Shield

Via FAS – CRS report, U.S.-EU Data Privacy: From Safe Harbor to Privacy Shield, Martin A. Weiss, Specialist in International Trade and Finance; Kristin Archick; Specialist in European Affairs. May 19, 2016. “Both the United States and the European Union (EU) maintain that they are committed to upholding individual privacy rights and ensuring the protection… Continue Reading

EU Parliament and EU Council proposal for use of passenger name record data for law enforcement purposes

DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the use of passenger name record (PNR) data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime, April 15, 2016. Continue Reading

EU Parliament adopts General Data Protection Regulation

European Parliament News: “New EU data protection rules [EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)] which aim to give citizens back control of their personal data and create a high, uniform level of data protection across the EU fit for the digital era was given their final approval by MEPs on Thursday. The reform also sets… Continue Reading

The EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement on Personal Data Privacy: In Brief

The EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement on Personal Data Privacy: In Brief. Martin A. Weiss, Specialist in International Trade and Finance Kristin Archick Specialist in European Affairs. October 29, 2015. “On October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered a judgment that invalidates the Safe Harbor Agreement between the United States… Continue Reading

After Google Spain and Charlie Hebdo: The Continuing Evolution of European Union Data Privacy Law in a Time of Change

Voss, W. Gregory, After Google Spain and Charlie Hebdo: The Continuing Evolution of European Union Data Privacy Law in a Time of Change (January 6, 2016). Business Lawyer, Vol. 71, No. 1, 2015/2016. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2711996 “This article investigates various developments over that year that helped (or are helping) reshape European Union… Continue Reading