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Timescale set for data protection ‘adequacy’ decision after Brexit

On Wednesday evening, the UK government and European Commission announced that the UK and EU27 countries had reached a draft agreement on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. That draft agreement, which is still to be ratified by the UK parliament and EU27 member states, was published alongside a number of other documents, including an outline of the political declaration on the future EU-UK relationship.

According to the political declaration, the Commission will assess UK data protection standards on the basis of the EU’s “adequacy framework” with a view to adopting an “adequacy” decision by the end of 2020. Over the same period, the UK will take steps to ensure comparable facilitation of personal data flows to the Union.

Full article: BREXIT: timescale set for data protection ‘adequacy’ decision

EU Commission Comments on NTIA’s Approach to Consumer Privacy

On November 9, 2018, the European Commission (“the Commission”) submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) in response to its request for public comments on developing the administration’s approach to consumer privacy.

In its comments, the Commission welcomes and agrees with many of the high-level goals identified by NTIA, including harmonization of the legal landscape, incentivizing privacy research, employing a risk-based approach and creating interoperability at a global level.

Full article: EU Commission Responds to NTIA Request for Comment on Developing the Administration’s Approach to Consumer Privacy

What does the newly signed ‘Convention 108+’ mean for UK adequacy?

The Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (Convention 108) has been given an overhaul to bring it into line with the General Data Protection Regulation. While Convention 108 is not an EU document, the European Commission sees the protocol as a way of encouraging “third countries” to adopt the basic tenets of the GDPR. This could be particularly interesting for the U.K., which will become a third country after Brexit.

Full article: What does the newly signed ‘Convention 108+’ mean for UK adequacy?

EU and US begin second annual review of Privacy Shield

EU and US officials have begun the second annual review of the Privacy Shield, an important framework that facilitates the free flow of personal data across the Atlantic for businesses.

The review will focus on the commercial aspects, notably on questions related to the oversight and enforcement of the Shield, and developments concerning the collection of personal data by US authorities for purposes of law enforcement or national security. The European Commission will publish its conclusions in a report end of November.

Source: Privacy Shield: EU and US begin second annual review

The next antitrust standoff — Big Tech’s use of data

Competition regulators have a new cause célèbre: Big Tech’s use of data. From Europe’s top antitrust czar Margrethe Vestager announcing an investigation into Amazon last week over its potential abuse of digital information, to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission holding a public hearing in early November on big data and competition, officials are gearing up for a new round of antitrust battles.

The big question is what limits, if any, should policymakers place on the data empires at a time when companies from Amazon to Microsoft are searching for new business opportunities, including online groceries and gaming.

Full article: The next antitrust standoff — Big Tech’s use of data – POLITICO

EU warns Facebook it faces sanctions over ‘misleading’ T&Cs

European Commission has warned Facebook it will face sanctions unless it changes what it calls its “misleading” terms and conditions. Facebook has been given until the end of the year to change its terms of service.

The commission acknowledged that Facebook had made some changes but said its terms and conditions remained problematic because Facebook “tells consumers that their data and content is used only to improve their overall ‘experience’ and does not mention that the company uses these data for commercial purposes”.

Source: EU warns Facebook it faces sanctions over ‘misleading’ T&Cs | Technology | The Guardian

E-signatures can prove conclusion of data processing agreements

The use of electronic signatures (e-signatures) can prove that data processing contracts have been concluded and their terms agreed to, the EU’s justice commissioner has said. Věra Jourová said that it is possible for data processing contracts to be entered into digitally, but that it is not necessary for those agreements to be signed electronically for them to have effect.

Source: E-signatures can prove conclusion of data processing agreements

Brussels targets parties’ misuse of personal voter data

The EU is seeking the power to impose significant fines on European political parties that misuse voters’ personal data to influence elections, as Brussels moves to crack down on privacy breaches following the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. The European Commission is drafting an amendment to existing party funding rules that would ban political groups from profiting from data collection of the sort alleged against Cambridge Analytica.

Source: Brussels targets parties’ misuse of personal voter data

Brussels targets parties’ misuse of personal voter data

The EU is seeking the power to impose significant fines on European political parties that misuse voters’ personal data to influence elections, as Brussels moves to crack down on privacy breaches following the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. The European Commission is drafting an amendment to existing party funding rules that would ban political groups from profiting from data collection of the sort alleged against Cambridge Analytica

Source: Brussels targets parties’ misuse of personal voter data

Jourová Puts Trump administration on notice with letter to America

Věra Jourová, The EU Commissioner for Justice, has written to the US Commerce Secretary, warning that the US has three months to comply with EU’s demands concerning the sharing of private data ascertaining to EU citizens. In the letter, Ms Jourová demanded progress from the US in appointing an ombudsman to deal with privacy related complaints from EU citizens before the US Commerce Secretary visits Brussels in October.

Source: Jourová Puts Trump administration on notice with letter to America

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