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Posted in International/EU Privacy

Article 29 Working Party Provides Guidance On Data Controller/Processor Concepts

On 16 February 2010, the Article 29 Working Party adopted an opinion on the concepts of data “controller and “processor”, which are crucial for determining who is responsible for compliance with EU data protection rules. The opinion provides a comprehensive analysis as well as practical examples and rules of thumb on how to approach the concepts pragmatically.

Posted in International/EU Privacy

European Commission Updates Model Clauses for International Data Transfers

On February 5th, the European Commission decided to modify the standard contractual clauses for transfers of personal data, repealing the original decision (Decision 2002/87/EU) that introduced these clauses back in 2002. The European Commission considered it necessary to adjust the existing standard contractual clauses to meet the growing challenges of global outsourcing.

Posted in International/EU Privacy

EU ePrivacy Directive and Cookies: The Consent Requirement May Not Be as Broad as Believed

As reported in the press, “the Council of the European Union has approved new legislation that would require Web users to consent to Internet cookies.” But it is not quite as clear-cut as that quote suggests. The consent requirement relates cookies that collect personal data — an important qualification — and some cookies appear to fall outside of the consent requirement. We detail the fine points of what has happened in this blog entry.

Posted in News & Events

Reflections on the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Madrid

As the 31st annual International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners wraps up in Madrid, capped by the announcement that next year’s conference will occur in Jerusalem, to be hosted by the Israeli Information and Technology Authority, some reflections: • Security vs. Privacy   There continues to be a tension between the need for security from […]

Posted in Consumer Privacy

An Example of Behavioral Advertising Self-Regulation from Europe

In the United States, regulators and policy makers are taking a close look at the issues surrounding behavioral advertising and how to protect the privacy of consumers. A vigorous debate is occurring over self-regulation versus the asserted need for legislation or regulation. So it is interesting to see what is going on in Europe in the realm of self-regulation.