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Posted in International/EU Privacy

EU Data Protection Supervisor’s Workshop Examines Role of Privacy in Merger Reviews and Competition Investigations

In a recent client alert, Hogan Lovells partners from the firm’s London and Washington, D.C. offices highlighted key takeaways for businesses following the European Data Protection Supervisor’s Workshop on Privacy, Consumers, Competition, and Big Data. The workshop, hosted by EDPS in the European Parliament in Brussels on 2 June 2014, discussed the technological advances and market for ‘big data’ analytics and the policy implications for the fields of data protection, competition and consumer protection of the rapidly expanding digital economy in the EU and in other regions, particularly the in US. Around 70 experts attended, including representatives from the European regulators and the US Federal Trade Commission.

Posted in Cybersecurity & Data Breaches

DOJ and FTC Clarify Antitrust Implications of Cybersecurity Information Sharing

On April 10, 2014, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission issued a joint policy statement on the antitrust implications of sharing cybersecurity information to help facilitate the flow of cyberintelligence throughout the private sector. The statement addresses the long-standing concern that sharing cyberintelligence may violate antitrust law under certain circumstances and explains the analytical framework for such arrangements to make it clear that legitimate cyberintelligence exchanges will not raise antitrust issues.

Posted in Consumer Privacy, International/EU Privacy

German Court: Missing, Wrong or Incomplete Privacy Policy Triggers Unfair Competition Claims

In a recent decision, the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg (Oberlandesgericht Hamburg) held that a privacy policy on a website which is not compliant with the legal requirements under data privacy law constitutes a breach of the German Act Against Unfair Competition (Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb – “UWG”) (decision dated 27 June 2013, case number 3 U 26/12). This decision may not only have consequences for German businesses but also for non-EU companies with German customers or subsidiaries in Germany.