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GDPR Guidance – European Data Protection Board Adopts Art. 29 Working Papers

Data protection authorities set out guidelines for the application of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) is the joint coordination body of the EU data protection authorities. The EDPB provides guidance on the application of the EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). With the GDPR having come into force, the EDPB thus replaces the … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Christine GateauTim WybitulMichelle Kisloff

Data Class Actions: the era of mass data litigation

Class actions are commonplace in the United States but relatively rare in Europe.

The European Union wants to change that, by facilitating class actions for mass privacy and data breaches.

With the development of big data, the scope and impact of potential data breaches or losses have indeed significantly increased. In the EU, the GDPR comes into effect. Due to … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Tim WybitulDr. Wolf-Tassilo Böhm

German Parliament Passes New Federal Data Protection Act

On 27 April 2017 the German Parliament passed an entirely new Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG). The new BDSG replaces the old BDSG, which has been in force for the last 40 years. The new BDSG shall adapt the German law to the provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The new … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Tim Wybitul

Interview with Jan Albrecht, Dr. Stefan Brink and Tim Wybitul on the New German Data Protection Bill

On 1 February 2017, the German federal cabinet adopted a draft data protection bill. The planned implementation statute aims to supplement and further define the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which will come into force in 2018. The Chronicle of Data Protection’s summary of the most relevant aspects of the draft bill can be found here. We turn now … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Timothy TobinTim Wybitul

European Commission Issues Opinion on Safe Harbor after Schrems

On November 6, 2015, the European Commission issued its widely anticipated Communication to the European Parliament and Council about the effect of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) Schrems decision, which invalidated the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework.  The Commission expresses a commitment to negotiate with the U.S. Government a new framework for cross-border transfers of personal data.  … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy Tim WybitulJan SpittkaVictoria Hordern

EU Data Protection: ECJ Extends the Long Arm of the Law

National EU member state courts, as well as the European Court of Justice (ECJ), have struggled for several years to define the scope of application of EU data protection law in individual member states. In a decision that provides important guidelines on the competence of, and co-operation between, national data protection authorities (DPAs), the ECJ has clarified how data protection … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation Tim Wybitul

Part 11: Data Protection in the Workplace

Relevance of employee data protection
 for enterprises


Data privacy in an employment context remains
 an important challenge for companies. On the one hand, employers have a strong interest in monitoring personnel conduct or performance; few controllers are likely to have collected more personal data about an individual than their employer. On the other hand, employees have a legitimate expectation of … Continue Reading