In yet another round of Schrems versus Facebook, on January 25, 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that privacy activist Max Schrems is a consumer with regard to his Facebook
Continue Reading Court of Justice Dismisses Privacy Class Action Against Facebook but Allows Max Schrems to Sue in Austria

On January 10, 2017, the European Commission published a Proposal for a Regulation (Proposal) relating to privacy rules for the electronic communications sector. The Proposal will impose new, more rigorous privacy regulatory obligations on nearly all companies doing business in the EU over the Internet. It will address a host of important issues including the processing of communications content and metadata, and the use of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth tracking for Internet-based services and technology providers.  Once enacted, the Proposal will replace the e-Privacy Directive and will complement the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

As part of the legislative process, the European Parliament Committee (one of two legislative bodies charged with reviewing the Proposal) issued a Draft Report  in June 2017 and is reviewing more than 800 proposed amendments to the Proposal. In addition, the Article 29 Working Party (WP29)—the body of EU data protection authorities—published a non-binding opinion (the Opinion) on the Proposal in April 2017, urging a number of revisions that would impose even more obligations on covered companies.

This article provides a status update about the Proposal, including the main requirements currently under discussion at the European Parliament and an overview of the next steps. Read our previous WSGR Alert for more information about the Proposal and the Draft Report.
Continue Reading Status Update on the EU e-Privacy Regulation Proposal Discussions

ThinkstockPhotos-479430151-webThe EU Parliament Committee in charge of reviewing the EU Commission’s Proposal for an e-Privacy Regulation (Proposal) recently released a Draft Report proposing amendments to the regulation.

The e-Privacy Regulation will regulate new electronic communication
Continue Reading New EU e-Privacy Regulation: European Parliament Committee Publishes Draft Report

ThinkstockPhotos-479430151-webOn January 10, 2017, the European Commission published a Proposal for a Regulation  that if adopted would have significant and far-reaching implications for Internet-based services and technologies.

The proposal seeks to revise the current EU
Continue Reading EU Commission Publishes Proposal for e-Privacy Regulation: The Top Nine Key Points You Need to Know

 On July 26, 2016, the body of European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs)—the “Article 29 Working Party” (WP29)—issued a statement commending the improvements made to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield). Although the WP29 continues to
Continue Reading Article 29 Working Party Issues Statement Following Adoption of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

 On July 12, 2016, the EU Commission and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced the adoption of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield). This announcement follows today’s adequacy decision by the College of EU Commissioners
Continue Reading The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Is Adopted and Available as of August 1, 2016