• Sep 17, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments, Surveillance,

Latest developments in the long-running and crucial Schrems vs. Facebook GDPR privacy battle

Back in July, this blog reported on a major victory for the privacy campaigner Max Schrems at the Court of Justice of the European Union, (CJEU). Following that win, the big question now is: what effects will it have on the handling of personal data by the Internet giants? A quick fix is unlikely, but … Continue reading “Latest developments in the long-running and crucial Schrems vs. Facebook GDPR privacy battle”

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  • Aug 19, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments, Social Media, Surveillance,

Max Schrems files 101 complaints across 30 European countries to turbocharge GDPR’s impact – and he’s not the only one

Last month, Privacy News Online discussed another major win for the privacy activist Max Schrems. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the EU’s top court, agreed with Schrems that the Privacy Shield framework, one of the two main ways of sending personal data about EU citizens across the Atlantic, was invalid. The … Continue reading “Max Schrems files 101 complaints across 30 European countries to turbocharge GDPR’s impact – and he’s not the only one”

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Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 31, 2020

Featured: Privacy News Online – Week of July 31st, 2020 Top EU court sinks main framework for sending personal data across the Atlantic The Privacy Shield framework, which allowed the large companies like Facebook to send data from Europe to the United States, has been ruled invalid by the Court of Justice. The Court of … Continue reading “Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 31, 2020”

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  • Jul 23, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments, Surveillance,

Top EU court sinks main framework for sending personal data across the Atlantic

The Privacy Shield framework for transferring personal data across the Atlantic was brought in to deal with a problem created by the EU’s GDPR. According to the latter, the personal data of European citizens can only be transferred to countries that offer “adequate” data protection, equivalent to the GDPR. The Privacy Shield system was devised … Continue reading “Top EU court sinks main framework for sending personal data across the Atlantic”

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  • Jan 6, 2020
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments,

Why 2020 will be make or break time for transatlantic personal data transfers

The transfer of personal data lies at the heart of much of online activity. Since many of the leading online companies were founded and have their headquarters in the US, that typically means that huge quantities of personal data cross the Atlantic every day. If information concerns EU citizens, those data flows are governed by … Continue reading “Why 2020 will be make or break time for transatlantic personal data transfers”

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  • Jun 23, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Social Media, Surveillance,

Why did privacy expert Max Schrems immediately file GDPR complaints against Google and Facebook – and will he win?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force a few weeks ago.  As Rick Falkvinge noted in his post on the topic, its impact is potentially huge. The GDPR has already led to a flood of (annoying) emails from companies eager to tell us about their updated privacy policy, and the blocking of EU … Continue reading “Why did privacy expert Max Schrems immediately file GDPR complaints against Google and Facebook – and will he win?”

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  • Oct 9, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments, Surveillance,

Key transatlantic data flows under threat as US surveillance laws clash once more with EU privacy protections

We wrote recently about clouds gathering over the Privacy Shield framework that governs transatlantic data flows for thousands of US companies. As that post explained, even if the Privacy Shield is struck down by the EU courts, as some believe it will be, there are alternative mechanisms that can ensure the legality of data transfers … Continue reading “Key transatlantic data flows under threat as US surveillance laws clash once more with EU privacy protections”

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  • Oct 2, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments,

EU is losing its patience with the US government over its failure to implement properly the Privacy Shield deal

Last week, the European Commission announced new guidelines to tackle illegal content inciting hatred, violence and terrorism online. Central to its new framework is expecting “online platforms” – Internet companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter – to take a more pro-active role: “The Communication invites online platforms step up their efforts to remove illegal content … Continue reading “EU is losing its patience with the US government over its failure to implement properly the Privacy Shield deal”

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  • Jul 31, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • General Privacy News, Governments,

Transatlantic data flows under renewed threat following top EU court’s ruling

Last week, Europe’s highest court issued what might seem a fairly obscure ruling on an agreement between the EU and Canada on the transfer of passenger data between the two regions. In fact, the implications of the judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) are far reaching, and are likely to … Continue reading “Transatlantic data flows under renewed threat following top EU court’s ruling”

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