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Article 29 Working Party adopts an Opinion on the proposed ePrivacy Regulation

Article 29 Working Party, which is the EU Working Party that gathers the European Data Protection Supervisor and representatives of the EU Commission and the Member States’ privacy supervisory authorities, has adopted an Opinion on the ePrivacy Regulation proposed by the EU Commission.  The draft Regulation, which will be directly applicable in all Members States if adopted, aims at replacing the ePrivacy Directive 2002/58/EC.  Article 29 Working Party welcomes the draft Regulation, while is proposes some improvements to render it more consistent with the EU GDPR and rises some points of concern that should be addressed during the legislative process.

The ePrivacy Directive is accessible here

The Article 29 Working Party Opinion is accessible here

The EU Commission Proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications is accessible here
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Working Party 29 adopts the Guidelines on DPIA

The EU Working Party 29 has adopted today the Guidelines on Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) and determining whether processing is “likely to result in a high risk” for the purposes of Regulation 2016/679.

The guidelines are available here
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President Trump signs a bill that repels the Federal Communications Commission BCPR

President Trump has signed today a bill that nullifies the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules issued in October 2016.

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Alibaba Cloud joins the EU Cloud CoC

The Alibaba Group’s cloud computing division has announced to have joined the Code of Conduct for Cloud Service Providers in Europe (EU Cloud CoC).  The CoC was adopted following a four-year development process involving industry and the European Commission with the Article 29 Working Party providing input to it.  Thanks to the involvement of European Commission and Member States’ Data Protection Authorities the CoC is unique and also a reliable tool to provide security to cloud users.  Many IT industries (IBM, Oracle, SalesForce among the others) have joined the CoC in order to strengthen the trust between Cloud providers and Cloud users.

The website of the Data Protection Code of Conduct for Cloud Service Providers is accessible here

The Alibaba Group press release is accessible here
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EU Commissioner for Justice, Věra Jourová, announces in Washington the joint review of the EU-US Privacy Shield

Věra Jourová, the European Union Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality has announced today, in her speech at the Washington based Center for Strategic and International Studies, that the joint review of the EU-US Privacy Shield will take place in September 2017.  From the EU perspective the review is aimed at closely monitoring the conditions and possibilities for governmental access to data for national security reasons, and at carefully following-up the daily implementation of the Privacy Shield by those companies that have self-certified themselves.

The transcript of Commissioner Věra Jourová speech is accessible here