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EU Commission Sets Timeline for New SCCs after the “Schrems” Judgement

In a meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs held in Brussels today, EU Commissioner Didier Reynders delivered remarks on what to expect for the future of international data transfers after the European Court of Justice has ruled the EU-US Privacy...

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Data Mapping & the GDPR: "Records of Processing Activities"

Any privacy law implementation program is based a proper data mapping. But is it even a legal obligation? Under the GDPR, the answer is a clear "yes" for most of modern businesses. Article 30 requires companies to maintain so-called "records of processing activities" (also known as RPA or ROPA) with...

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GDPR Compliance in Email Marketing

“Don’t miss out on the latest deals”, “subscribe to our newsletter”, “get exclusive offers and personalized tips for shopping” – for many businesses, e-mail marketing is still the primary and most effective customer acquisition channel. Collecting email addresses and sending direct marketing...

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Understanding and Managing Privacy Impact Assessments

Under the GDPR, companies must not only comply with the high privacy standards but are also required to document compliance efforts and internal implementation of the legal requirements. In case of complaints by EU customers or official investigations by EU data protection authorities, a...

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International Applicability

How the GDPR Affects Companies Outside the EU

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a major privacy law introduced by the European Union in May 2018, not only shook up the business of data-driven digital service providers but keeps affecting companies of any size and any industry all over the world. Many executives, IT managers and...

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Brexit: Implications on Privacy Compliance

Almost four years after the citizens of the United Kingdom have voted in favor of leaving the European Union in a referendum, Brexit is finally approaching on 31 January 2020. Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is part of the EU legal framework which will, in principle, cease to...

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Access requests

Complying with Access Requests under the GDPR

So-called "data subjects", including consumers and employees of B2B business partners, have several rights under the EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In practice, one of the most relevant of these is the right to access under Art. 15 GDPR. It entitles natural persons in the EU to request...

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Highest GDPR fine

14.5mio. Euro: Highest GDPR Fine in Germany

A German real estate company has been fined 14.5 million Euro for infringing the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the data protection authority of Berlin, who publicly reported on this case in a press release on 5 November 2019. It constitutes the highest fine that has been issued in...

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Data Processing in Contractual Relationships

Customer Data: GDPR Compliance in Contractual Relationships

Every processing of personal data requires a legal basis such as consent, legitimate interests or legal obligations. In October 2019, the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”), an advisory body that consists of the data protection supervisory authorities in the EU, issued guidelines for public...

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GDPR Updates for non-EU companies