EU Commission Issues Guidance On Personal Data Transfers From Eu To U.S.

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On 6 November 2015, the EU Commission issued a communication addressed to the EU Parliament and EU Council with the aim of providing an overview of alternative tools for transatlantic data transfers and to further explain the consequences of the Schrems judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) of 6 October 2015 (C‑362/14).  The guidance begins … Read more

Cloud Computing Survey Shows Security & Privacy Are Critical To Negotiations

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Security and privacy are among the most heavily negotiated terms in cloud contracts and it’s disagreements over the arrangements for these safeguards which are most frequently cited as the reason for negotiations not reaching a satisfactory conclusion.   – Michael Mensik Security and privacy are among the primary concerns of buyers and suppliers of cloud … Read more

“The Time Between Attack And Detection Can Stretch To 200 Days.”

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– Peter Woollacott, Head of Huntsman, a global cyber-security firm  The modern company is undoubtedly going through a transformative period. As recently as 10 years ago, the idea that a company could have some of its most valuable property stolen, and not notice or act for days after the fact, would have seemed unfathomable.   Today, data … Read more

Hungary Condemned For Its Mass Surveillance Program


On January 12, in the Szabó and Vissy vs. Hungary case, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) condemned the surveillance of individuals by Hungarian authorities for anti-terrorism purposes. This ruling provides some helpful guidance on the parameters for anti-terrorist surveillance legislation at a time when various countries around the world are revising such legislation. Background The case concerned … Read more

Privacy Shield Tracker

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SAFE HARBOR FRAMEWORKUS Department of Commerce Safe Harbor websiteUS Federal Trade Commission’s Safe Harbor Framework websiteUS – EU Safe Harbor Framework DocumentsUS – Swiss Safe Harbor Framework Documents February 2, 2016EU Commission and US Department of Commerce announce progress on “EU-US Privacy Shield Agreement”Official Document – EU Commission Press ReleaseOfficial Document – FTC Press ReleaseOfficial … Read more

Turkey Finally Adopts Data Protection Law


After almost a decade of legislative struggles, on March 24 2016, the Turkish Parliament finally adopted the Law on the Protection of Personal Data (the “New Law”). The New Law is Turkey’s first specific set of parliamentary level rules addressing data protection concerns in all sectors.Background It continues to be a big year from a data … Read more

New China Cybersecurity Guidelines For Registration Of Networked Medical Devices


The China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) has issued guidelines aimed to implement China’s new Cybersecurity Law (“CSL”) in the administration of medical devices in China. This development is a clear signal that Chinese regulators intend to enhance cybersecurity protection in the healthcare sector.  From 1 January 2018, medical device companies will be required to register … Read more