Shift from a territory-based to jurisdiction-based approach to international data transfers.

Shift from a territory-based to jurisdiction-based approach to international data transfers. The European Commission’s draft decision implementing renewed SCCs (‘draft') seems to change a general understanding of what an ‘international data transfer’ is as Article 1 of the draft points out to 'the transfer of personal data from a controller or processor subject to Regulation … Continue reading Shift from a territory-based to jurisdiction-based approach to international data transfers.

The EDPB has now adopted its Guidelines 04/2019 on Article 25 Data Protection by Design and by Default after public consultation

The EDPB has now adopted its Guidelines 04/2019 on Article 25 Data Protection by Design and by Default after public consultation.  And this is to briefly share 3 key thoughts and conclusions from the Guidelines which might seem to be not so obvious at first sight. 1. Be sure to understand not only literal and … Continue reading The EDPB has now adopted its Guidelines 04/2019 on Article 25 Data Protection by Design and by Default after public consultation

7 practical takeaways from the EDPB Guidelines 07/2020 (by Herbert Smith Freehills)

I remember myself criticising new EDPB Guidelines 07/2020 for obvious mistakes in choosing an approach for giving explanations: https://virtualshadows.wordpress.com/2020/09/13/do-new-guidelines-07-2020-on-the-concepts-of-controller-and-processor-in-the-gdpr-guidelines-really-help-to-identify-joint-controllership/ Today I came across an article from Herbert Smith Freehills (see the link below) and, ironically, found the same thought I had a month ago: "the guidelines do not appear to add much clarity with respect to the … Continue reading 7 practical takeaways from the EDPB Guidelines 07/2020 (by Herbert Smith Freehills)

Digital online rights for children

Sweden is ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to children's rights, even in the digital/online world. Read more here. To say I felt an excitement deep in me is an understatement. It was children's safety online which brought me into privacy. My master thesis for my MSc Information Security was on … Continue reading Digital online rights for children

Swedish DPA has updated its guidance for employment sector.

Swedish DPA #datainspektionen has updated its guidance as to how personal data should be processed in employment relationships. The information is primarily addressed to employers in both the private and public sectors. It can also help workers, job seekers, trade unions and trade associations. Original text is in Swedish but can be easily translated into English via … Continue reading Swedish DPA has updated its guidance for employment sector.

CNIL partners with Order of Chartered Accountants to help SME to improve their compliance with the GDPR.

While many transnational companies continue to feel headache after 'Schrems II' hit in July, the problem for SMEs looks simpler and more trivial: they seem to be unable to meet even more general and clear data protection requirements without external help. This can return us to early talks (they are sometimes heard now, though) that … Continue reading CNIL partners with Order of Chartered Accountants to help SME to improve their compliance with the GDPR.

H&M have invaded employee privacy

So hot of the press is that H&M (a Swedish business), although the fine of €41,4m was due to practices in one of their German outlets which were not compliant with GDPR. Clearly as an employer it is difficult to avoid the collection of sensitive data from employees, i.e. when they are sick, just the … Continue reading H&M have invaded employee privacy

CoC for Cloud Service Providers is now underway

It’s been announced last week that the EU Data Protection Code of Conduct (CoC) for Cloud Service Providers is now underway. Designed as a safeguard for the international data transfers under the GDPR Article 46(2) in a post-‘Schrems II’ world, the CoC might become an interesting one by itself. At the same time, it still … Continue reading CoC for Cloud Service Providers is now underway

Do new Guidelines 07/2020 ‘on the concepts of controller and processor in the GDPR’ (‘Guidelines’) really help to identify joint controllership?

Allocating roles within a group of different actors might often become very difficult, in particular when drawing a line between joint decisions and separate ones gets tricky. Say that a parent company offers its subsidiaries to use a new uniform online platform for the processing of orders placed by customers entering into a supply contract … Continue reading Do new Guidelines 07/2020 ‘on the concepts of controller and processor in the GDPR’ (‘Guidelines’) really help to identify joint controllership?

GDPR Considerations in European – American University Research Contracts

Negotiating R&D contracts with European partners over the past 20 years has always been my favorite type of transaction work. You have the cultural differences, the time zone issue, language issues, IPR issues, liability and indemnification issues, currency issues, and other issues that add complexity to the negotiation (and ultimately management) of such transatlantic research … Continue reading GDPR Considerations in European – American University Research Contracts