Get Ready For The European General Data Protection Regulation

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With the anticipated publication of the Europe General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) in 2016, international companies must begin to assess how the GDPR will affect their global data protection and privacy compliance programs.  The GDPR will likely affect companies based in and outside the EU, so it is important for all multi-national companies to … Read more

GDPR: From Directive To Regulation


Once the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, it will replace the EU Data Protection Directive as well as all national data protection legislation existing under the Directive (subject to certain matters not regulated by the GDPR).  Consequently, the national data protection laws of all EEA countries (i.e., the 28 EU member states … Read more

Malaysia Introduces Alternative To Prosecution Of Data Protection Breaches

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Malaysia has introduced a new mechanism for sanctioning data protection breaches. Under section 132 of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 supplemented by the Personal Data Protection (Compounding of Offences) Regulations 2016 (“the Regulations”), enacted on 16 March 2016, certain data protection offences may be “compounded” instead of being formally prosecuted. In other words, offenders … Read more

Validity Of Consent Coupled With Free Online Services – Chair Of EDPB Opens A Path

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The Austrian Data Protection Authority, headed by the chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), provided a clear way forward for advertising-based business models. Following a complaint against an Austrian newspaper, the Austrian Data Protection Authority (DPA) decided that the prohibition on making the provision of a service conditional on consent (“coupling prohibition”; Article … Read more

Cloud Computing 2015/2016 Baker & Mckenzie Cloud Survey Results

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Part of the b:INFORM 2015/2016 Cloud Survey Trend Series Cloud Survey – Tax Perspective  Outsourcing to the Cloud for Financial Institutions  Fast Moving Fronts: 3 Things You Need to Know About How Better, Faster, Cheaper is Impacting Your Enterprise’s Use of the Cloud  Global Enterprises and the Cloud  Integration of Bundled Cloud Offerings  The Importance of Security in the Cloud: Security and … Read more

Ready Or Not, Here It Comes – EU General Data Protection Regulation


After years of consulting, drafting and negotiating at various levels, on 15 December 2015 the final compromise text of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was agreed. What a milestone! Once the European Parliament and Council both adopt the agreed text, the GDPR will officially come into force, which is expected to be January … Read more