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Posted in International/EU Privacy

GDPR Is In Effect: The French Bill Has Been Adopted…But Referred to the French Constitutional Council

The General Data Protection Regulation entered into force on 25 May 2018. In light of the urgency to adapt Law no. 78-17 dated 6 January 1978 to the new European Union law, the French Government has initiated an accelerated procedure. This procedure led to the adoption in final reading by the French National Assembly of the bill on personal data protection on 14 May 2018. However, some French Senators lodged a constitutional complaint against the said law on 16 May 2018.

Posted in International/EU Privacy, Privacy & Security Litigation

EU Report Calls for Improvements to Redress Mechanisms Under EU Data Protection Laws

On January 27, the European Agency for Fundamental Rights, an official agency of the European Union, released its report on Access to Data Protection Remedies in EU Member States. As detailed below, the FRA concluded that redress mechanisms for data protection violations in the EU need improvement. More specifically, the FRA found that data protection authorities do not have sufficient powers or resources, there are not enough judges and lawyers with adequate knowledge of data protection issues, civil society organizations (e.g., consumer interest and privacy advocacy groups) have difficulty bringing suits on behalf of victims of data protection breaches, the costs and burdens of proof associated with data protection suits are too high, and Europeans lack awareness of remedies for data protection violations.

Posted in International/EU Privacy

Google’s Peter Fleischer: “A lot more privacy enforcement actions in 2012. And the sanctions are going to go through the roof.”

Today’s Guest Blog is from Peter Fleischer, who writes: “Since 2012 has now begun, here’s a prediction about the future: there’s going to be a lot more privacy enforcement actions. By a lot of different government authorities, not just DPAs. And the sanctions/damages are going to go through the roof. Indeed, it’s not easy to keep track of which government officials are in charge of data protection enforcement actions. There are a lot of them.” Read more in this entry.

Posted in Cybersecurity & Data Breaches, International/EU Privacy

UK Government consults on custodial sentences for data protection offences

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”), it is an offense to knowingly or recklessly obtain or disclose personal data, or the information contained in personal data, without the consent of the data controller.  Section 55 of the DPA details the offenses and any exclusions, or defenses, which may apply.  It also sets out the procedure […]