18 January 2017

Data Protection and Beyond

Data Protection and Beyond

After four years of negotiations and lobbying, the text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was finally agreed in December 2015 and the Regulation will take direct effect in EU Member States on 25 May 2018. It introduces more onerous requirements, applies to a far wider set of data and businesses, and imposes hefty fines (of up to 4% of global annual turnover) for non-compliance. This gear-change in compliance will require fundamental review of the way businesses collect and handle personal data in all parts of their organisations. There is much to do. Here we provide you with access to our webinar series on GDPR as well as other useful materials and resources to help you achieve compliance by May 2018.

Commentary and analysis:

  • The new ePrivacy Regulation: how will it impact your business?
    With the GDPR on the horizon, the EU is now overhauling and expanding the reach of the more specific privacy rules which relate to direct marketing, cookies and other forms of online monitoring. The ability of social media and messaging services to track users is one of many areas touched on in the European Commission’s newly proposed ePrivacy Regulation, which was officially unveiled last week. This article highlights some key impacts for the tech and media sectors… (16 January 2017)
  • Data Guidance: Thought leaders in privacy
    In this interview, Olswang Partner Andreas Splittgerber provides an overview of developments in Germany's data protection sector, including enforcement trends, during the past year. (30 November 2016)
  • EU-US Privacy Shield: What you need to know
    The EU-US Privacy Shield is a replacement arrangement for the previous Safe Harbour Agreement which was held to be invalid in 2015. In February 2016, the European Commission and the United States Government reached a political agreement on this new framework which provides a mechanism to enable the transfer of personal data from entities in the European Union to the US. It is intended to provide a robust new system to protect the personal data of Europeans through safeguards and commitments deemed to be adequate from a European data protection regulatory perspective... (5 October 2016)
  • The Olswang Guide to GDPR
    The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take direct effect in EU Member States on 25 May 2018. It will replace, and to a large extent harmonise, current national rules which transpose the current EU Data Protection Directive (DPD). Local data protection laws will fill remaining gaps. Time is ticking for organisations to get ready for GDPR... (5 October 2016)
  • Beyond trade concerns, Brexit poses questions over data rules
    Olswang's Dan Tench suggests that "All roads lead to probably having to comply with the (EU) General Data Protection Regulation in one form or another..."... (First published on Reuters.com on 10 June 2016)
  • GDPR approved - get ready now!
    After years of drafting and debating, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was approved by the European Parliament yesterday (14 April). It is expected to be published in the EU Official Journal in the coming weeks... (15 April 2016) 




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