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FTC Gives Final Approval to Settlements in Privacy Shield Cases

US Federal Trade Commission has given final approval to settlements with four companies over allegations that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, which establishes a process to allow companies to transfer consumer data from European Union countries to the United States in compliance with EU law.

As part of the proposed settlements with the FTC, all four companies are prohibited from misrepresenting the extent to which they participate in any privacy or data security program sponsored by the government or any self-regulatory or standard-setting organization, and must comply with FTC reporting requirements. In addition, VenPath and SmartStart must continue to apply the Privacy Shield protections to personal information they collected while participating in the program, protect it by another means authorized by the Privacy Shield framework, or return or delete the information within 10 days of the order.

Source: FTC Gives Final Approval to Settlements with Four Companies Related to EU-U.S. Privacy Shield | Federal Trade Commission

Facebook’s court appeal over data transfer case set for January

Facebook’s unprecedented Supreme Court appeal aimed at halting a referral to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) concerning the validity of EU-US data transfer channels will be heard in January.

The court previously set a provisional hearing date of December 19th but, following a case management hearing on Thursday, has now fixed the case for January 21st.

Source: Facebook’s court appeal over data transfer case set for January

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Joint Annual Review 2.0

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced several enforcement actions in late 2017, on the eve of the first annual joint EU-U.S. review of the Privacy Shield Framework. Now the second annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework is underway, and the FTC has announced several new enforcement actions, which are meant to highlight the importance of the framework and reaffirm the U.S.’s commitment to strong privacy enforcement.

Full article: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework Joint Annual Review 2.0

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

Facebook Supreme Court appeal to be heard in December

Facebook has got a provisional date of December 19th for its unprecedented Supreme Court appeal aimed at halting a referral to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) concerning the validity of EU-US data transfer channels.

The issues to be decided by the Supreme Court include whether there is any entitlement in the first place to appeal such a reference to the CJEU.

The High Court’s Ms Justice Caroline Costello previously ruled there was no such entitlement and she had made the referral before the Supreme Court agreed in July last to hear Facebook’s appeal.

Source: Facebook Supreme Court appeal to be heard in December

FTC’s Privacy Shield Enforcement Actions Show Broader Enforcement Lens

On September 27, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced proposed settlement agreements with four companies it alleges violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by misrepresenting their certification status and compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. This latest set of enforcement actions brings the FTC’s Privacy Shield related enforcement to settlements with eight defendants since the framework was adopted in July 2016.

Source: FTC’s Privacy Shield Enforcement Actions Show Broader Enforcement Lens

European Parliament voted to suspend Privacy Shield: Now what?

On July 5, the European Parliament recommended by way of a non-binding resolution from its Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) that the Commission suspend the EU/U.S. Privacy Shield Sept. 1 unless and until all defined corrective actions are taken by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The following will likely happen: On Oct. 18 (not Sept. 1, as originally announced) the Commission will present its findings to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, in Brussels. The Privacy Shield will likely not be suspended. Except for one specific requirement: Failure by the U.S. administration to appoint a permanent privacy ombudsman by Oct. 18, 2018 may result in serious consequences for the Privacy Shield.

Read more: European Parliament voted to suspend Privacy Shield: Now what?

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

Supreme Court to hear Facebook appeal over data transfers referral

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an unprecedented appeal by Facebook over a High Court judge’s decision to refer to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) key issues concerning the validity of EU-US data transfer channels.

Source: Supreme Court to hear Facebook appeal over data transfers referral

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