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The European Court of Justice has invalidated the Safe Harbor. I think there are good legal, economic, data protection, and political grounds to question the wisdom of this judgment. Many people think that the judgment against the Safe Harbor can legitimately be questioned, both with regard to the powers of national data protection authorities (DPAs),… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

In this post we argue that the debate on the EU’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation is unhealthy: that ‘fundamental rights’ are used as a shield to avoid real discussions on practical implementation, that wild assertions are made about the economic effects of privacy rules, and that European industry’s views, when not dismissed as those… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

The Road to Nowhere

  Could EU data protection rules ultimately thwart the Juncker Commission’s digital ambitions?   The Juncker Commission’s flagship Digital Single Market Strategy, in the words of former DG CONNECT Director-General Robert Madelin[1], is “focused, ambitious, and risk-taking”. Indeed senior European Commission officials will acknowledge that in implementing the DSM, the Commission is going to have… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

By Silvia Romano   Those watching the Data Protection Regulation (DPR) can breathe a sigh of relief now that EU Ministers have reached an agreement on a number of critical provisions of the proposal. However, more work remains to be done to achieve a robust and clear legislative framework which can effectively address the challenges… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

Google-bashing has become very fashionable. Businesses, individuals, and politicians around the world, but especially in Europe, have taken great delight in attacking Google: Google the monopolist, Google the privacy-killer, Google the tax-dodger, Google the facilitator of online piracy, Google the free-rider over telecoms networks. The list goes on.   My company is one of those… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

This week, the European Parliament will almost certainly adopt a resolution calling for amendments to the draft EU Data Protection Regulation. This legislative process has taken an unusually long time – and rightly so, because the topic is complex and technical, and because the stakes are very high. Every single company in Europe is affected,… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood