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Will Widened Class Actions Regime Boost Data Litigation in the Netherlands?

On 19 March 2019, the Dutch Senate approved legislation introducing collective damages actions in the Netherlands (the “Legislation”) which will broaden the regime even further. The Legislation introduces an option to claim monetary damages in a “US style” class action, including for violations of the GDPR. This Legislation together with the mechanisms already available under Dutch law put the Netherlands at the forefront of collective redress in Europe. The Legislation is expected to enter into force in July 2019 and will apply to events which took place on or after

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The EDPB’s Narrow View of Contractual Necessity

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has adopted the narrowest possible interpretation of ‘contractual necessity’ as a ground for processing of personal data. The Guidelines 2/2019 on the processing of personal data under Article 6(1)(b) GDPR in the context of the provision of online services to data subjects (adopted on April 9, 2019 and open for consultation until May 24, 2019) provide a detailed assessment of the regulator’s interpretation of the law. Article 6(1)(b) sets out one of the six possible lawful grounds for personal data processing under the European Union’s

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A global approach to IoT cybersecurity?

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published a new standard for cybersecurity in relation to consumer IoT products. The standard builds on the UK’s Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security, published in October last year. The Code of Practice was developed by the UK Government following publication of a draft code as part of the Secure by Design report published by the Government in March 2018 and after consultation with industry, consumer associations, and academics. The UK Code is voluntary but the UK Government was keen to work

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California Consumer Privacy Act: The Challenge Ahead – A Comparison of 10 Key Aspects of The GDPR and The CCPA

This is the fifth installment in Hogan Lovells’ series on the California Consumer Privacy Act.  As the most comprehensive privacy law to be enacted in the United States thus far, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) has inevitably invited comparisons to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). At first glance, it is clear that the drafters of the CCPA (and the ballot measure that spurred its passage) drew inspiration from the GDPR. However, the CCPA is not a carbon copy of the GDPR, and a GDPR compliance program

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California Consumer Privacy Act: The Challenge Ahead – Introduction to Hogan Lovells’Blog Series

Groundbreaking. Watershed. Unprecedented. We have heard the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) called all these things and more since its enactment on June 28, ‌2018. Our experience to date has confirmed the compliance challenge ahead for organizations that engage with the residents of the world’s fifth-largest economy. We will explore the ramifications for businesses of this seminal legislation in this multi-part series, The Challenge Ahead, authored by members of Hogan Lovells’ CCPA team. Each post will provide analysis of key legal issues implicated by the CCPA along with practical takeaways.

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GDPR Italian Implementing Decree Has Been Published

On 4 September, the Legislative Decree no. 101 of 10 August 2018 (the “Decree”) for the national implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (the “GDPR”) has been published in the Official Journal. The approach of the legislator was to maintain the structure of former Legislative Decree 196/2003 (the “Privacy Code”) which, however, has been extensively amended and integrated, and now contains only some residual provisions in addition to those of the GDPR which are directly applicable. The Decree will enter into force on 19 September 2018. The Decree first of all integrates the provisions of the GDPR

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Hogan Lovells Updates Practical GDPR Guide

With the coming into effect of the GDPR on 25 May 2018, the modernisation of European privacy laws has reached a critical milestone. Businesses operating in Europe or targeting European customers now need to comply with the new regime. At stake are not only the consequences of non-compliance, but also the ability to take advantage of new technologies, data analytics and the immense value of personal information. From determining when European law applies to devising a workable cooperation strategy with national regulators, there are many intricate novelties to understand and address.

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The True Global Effect of the GDPR

“European data protection rules will become a trademark people recognise and trust worldwide”. That is how, in January 2012, Viviane Reding – then Vice-President of the European Commission and EU Justice Commissioner – ended her announcement of the widest reform of privacy and data protection law ever attempted. Six years later, this ambitious aim is becoming a reality. Organisations from around the world and well beyond Europe are grappling with the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its impact on their data activities. From Australian banks and South

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Russia: Main Takeaways from Roskomnadzor’s Open Doors Day

Recently, the Russian Data Privacy Authority (Roskomnadzor) organized an Open Doors Day in honor of the International Data Privacy Day. During the occasion, Roskomnadzor officers presented on the authority’s 2017 enforcement activities. They followed this presentation with an open question and answer period, during which they responded to numerous questions raised by attendees. We summarize the key takeaways below. 2017 Roskomnadzor Enforcement Highlights Data operators continue to register with the Roskomnadzor, with approximately 33,000 new data operators registering with the Roskomnadzor in 2017, bringing the total to just over 400,000

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European Commission and Article 29 Working Party Urge Respect for International Law in Data Cases

Territoriality will continue to be one of the most vexing problems for data regulation in 2018.  One aspect of this debate relates to whether a U.S. judge can compel the disclosure of personal data located in Europe without using international treaty mechanisms.  This issue is currently being considered by the United States Supreme Court in the case United States v. Microsoft.  The case involves the question of whether a U.S. statute relating to search warrants can be interpreted as extending to a search for data located outside the United States;

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Why Companies in Mexico Should Reassess Their Compliance with Data Privacy Protocols—and Their Risk of a Data Breach

According to the Constitution of Mexico, the protection of personal data is a fundamental right of all Mexican citizens. Under federal law, individuals also have a right to access, change, oppose, or suppress their personal data. Although all private companies process data, some are not sufficiently familiar with Mexico’s data privacy principles and regulations, and many may not have an up-to-date assessment of their own risk of a data breach. In addition, they may not be aware that the Mexican Supreme Court’s recent shift in perspective regarding personal injury cases

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Russian Data Protection Authority Publishes Privacy Policy Guidance

On 31 July, the Russian data protection authority, Roskomnadzor, issued guidance for data operators on the drafting of privacy policies to comply with Russian data protection law. Russia’s 2006 privacy law – Federal Law No. 152-FZ of 27 July 2006 “On Personal Data” (Personal Data Law) – requires, among other things, that Russian data operators must adopt a privacy policy that describes how they process personal data. This notice requirement is similar to the approach in Europe. Furthermore, data operators shall publish such a policy online when personal data is

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China’s revised draft data localisation measures

On 19 May 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC“) released a revised draft of its Security Assessment for Personal Information and Important Data Transmitted Outside of the People’s Republic of China Measures (the “Second Draft Export Review Measures“). The draft emerged just over a week after public comments closed on the first draft of the measures, which we discussed in our earlier briefing here (the “First Draft Export Review Measures“).  There was a significant volume of industry commentary, and the Second Draft Export Review Measures do, to an extent,

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ICO Turns Spotlight on Data Broker Industry

Data brokers are organisations that obtain data from a variety of sources and then sell or license it to third parties. Many trade in personal data, which is purchased by their customers for several purposes, most commonly to support marketing campaigns. In 2012, data brokers’ trade in personal data was reported to have generated over $150 billion in revenue. The UK data protection regulator (the “ICO”) has for some time been actively enforcing against organisations who buy individuals’ personal data for direct marketing purposes without first conducting appropriate due diligence

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The CJEU Gives the UK Government Another Brexit Dilemma

In yet another key case dealing with the balance between citizens’ privacy and the ability of the state to intrude into it, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled on the compatibility with European Union law of legislation that authorises the retention of communications data, which includes personal data. The reference from the UK Court of Appeal resulted from a challenge to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) brought by individuals that include Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour Party and represented

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Moscow Court Upholds Ruling to Block LinkedIn in Russia for Non-Compliance with Data Localization Law

In a case with major significance for foreign online businesses that do business in Russia, on Thursday, 10 November the Moscow City Court sustained a lower court ruling that granted the request of the Russian Data Protection Authority (Roskomnadzor) to block access to social network LinkedIn within Russian territory. As we described in an earlier post, Roskomnadzor brought the action claiming that LinkedIn violated the data localization requirement in addition to other general Russian data privacy laws, for example by collecting personal data from non-users without their consent before the

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EU-U.S. Umbrella Agreement Gets ‘Amber Light’ from Article 29 Working Party

The Article 29 Working Party issued a revealing statement about the so-called EU-U.S. Umbrella Agreement, which is aimed at creating a high-level data protection framework in the context of transatlantic cooperation on criminal law enforcement. As a sign of support for the deal, the Working Party welcomes the initiative to set up a general data protection framework in relation to law enforcement cooperation.  In a fairly positive tone, the Working Party states that the Umbrella Agreement “considerably strengthens the safeguards in existing law enforcement bilateral treaties with the US, some of

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The Ever-Expanding Concept of Personal Data

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that dynamic IP addresses are capable of constituting personal data under certain circumstances, ending years of speculation about whether such essential building blocks of the Internet qualified for protection under the EU Data Protection Directive. In Patrick Breyer v Bundesrepublik Deutschland, the German Federal Court referred two questions to the CJEU in a case brought by Patrick Breyer, a member of the Pirate Party. He challenged the collection and use of dynamic IP addresses (binary numbers assigned by Internet

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Future-Proofing Privacy: The Concept of Personal Data Revisited

Pseudonymisation enters the stage Along with the concept of personal data, as opposed to anonymous data, the Regulation introduces a third category, that of pseudonymous data. Pseudonymous data is information that no longer allows the identification of an individual without additional information and is kept separate from it. Pseudonymisation, while granting higher data security, also enhances data utility. In exchange for the lower level of privacy intrusion, and in order to encourage data controllers to resort to pseudoanonymisation, certain requirements are less stringent. As a result, the complexities surrounding the concept of personal data are likely to increase given the three possible categories

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Hogan Lovells Represents Major Tech Companies in Apple iPhone Case

As reported in The New York Times, Hogan Lovells represented a diverse group of 15 major technology companies, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Snapchat, and Cisco, in filing last week an amicus brief in In re Search of an Apple iPhone. The Times reports: “‘These companies, which are often fierce competitors, have joined together to voice concern about the attempted government overreach in this case, which threatens the integrity and security of their products and privacy rights of consumers in general,’ said Neal Katyal, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells for the tech

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Hong Kong Privacy Regulator Issues 2015 Report, Outlines 2016 Focus

On 26 January, Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (Commissioner) published his annual report on 2015 complaints and enforcement activity under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (PDPO). The report reveals that 871,000 Hong Kong individuals were affected by data breaches in 2015, compared with 47,000 in 2014. The 98 incidents reported to the Commissioner last year (an increase from 70 the previous year) all involved the loss of data, hacking of data or the inadvertent disclosure of personal data by organizations. It is noteworthy that the number of reported breaches

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Why Silicon Valley Should Care About the UK Investigatory Powers Bill

The need for proper and legitimate powers to enable intelligence and law enforcement agencies to do their job and keep everyone safe requires little justification. We live in a dangerous and uncertain world where anyone can be a victim of intolerance. So in a show of political awareness and legislative dexterity, the UK government is currently seeking to adopt a comprehensive and sophisticated framework of modern law enforcement and intelligence gathering powers. However, in our data-rich and uber-connected way of life, those powers necessarily involve a substantial degree of intrusion

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FCC Continues String of Data Security Cases, Settling with Cox for $595,000

On November 5, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission Enforcement Bureau announced a $595,000 settlement agreement with Cox Communications, Inc. to resolve an investigation into whether the company failed to properly protect its customers’ personal information when electronic data systems were breached in August 2014.  According to the FCC, Cox exposed the personal information of numerous customers and failed to report the breaches through the Commission’s established breach-reporting portal. This is the third FCC data security settlement this year.  In July, the FCC settled an investigation into TerraCom Inc. and YourTel America Inc.

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IP Tracking: French authorities investigate pricing by travel websites

In June 2013, the French National Commission on Information Technology and Liberties (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés, “CNIL”) announced that, following a question of Member of European Parliament Françoise Castex, it was going to investigate IP Tracking practices that e-commerce sites allegedly used to illegitimately increase their prices. This investigation was carried out in close connection with the French Directorate General for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (Direction Générale de la Concurrence, de la Consommation et de la Répression des Fraudes, “DGCCRF”). In January 2013, MEP Françoise Castex