Category: EU Commission

Not so Safe Harbor: EU-US data protection cooperation on the rocks.

After the Snowden relevations, the European Union is finally getting its data privacy act together and it looks like a brutal fight is ahead, possibly leaving global corporations’ reliance on the longstanding safe harbor provisions, standard clauses and consents listing somewhere mid-Atlantic. Here’s the EU Commission VP & Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Reding […]

What you don’t know about EU DATA PRIVACY law and why you need to know it today.

Outside a select group of specialists in IT law (and the even more limited and select group of data privacy law specialists), few company advisors or corporate legal departments truly understand how to be in perfect compliance with European Union data privacy regulations. Yet nearly every company doing business in the EU has to comply. […]

69 Questions: EU quizes the G on its new privacy policy.

France’s data privacy authority CNIL (acting under EU mandate) sent Google the following questionnaire in order to clarify a number of concerns on the policy’s implementation, Google’s due diligence vis-a-vis its users and compliance of the policy with EU regulations. The EU’s Article 29 Working Party (grouping Member State data protection authorities) stated that it further […]

Don’t touch that. Dawn raids and the EU seal.

While reading a Bloomberg news story on the EU probe into possible collusion between Veolia, Suez and Saur to fix French water services prices, I was reminded that last year Suez’s subsidiary Lyonnaise des Eaux stumbled across one of EU Competition law’s most onerous and unusual provisions. Suez was fined €8 million for opening a door. […]