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Civil damages for distress in data protection cases after Vidal-Hall

A new High Court judgment against the Home Office clarifies the extent of damages payable for distress alone in civil claims for data protection breaches. In Vidal-Hall v Google [2015] EWCA Civ 311, the Court of Appeal held that damages for distress could be claimed against data controllers for contravention…

EU-US Privacy Shield: “Doing nothing is not an option” says UK regulator

With the new EU-US Privacy Shield framework in force from 1 August 2016, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office blog has summarised the current position for transfers of personal data to the United States. Privacy Shield has replaced the previous “Safe Harbor” regime, which was overturned by the Court of Justice…

Preparing for GDPR: Article 29 Working Party consultation on GDPR priorities

As a first step towards becoming the European Data Protection Board under the new EU Data Protection General Regulation (GDPR, see our previous updates here), the Article 29 Working Party held its first stakeholder workshop to discuss what it sees as the priorities for the GDPR. The group discussed: The…

E-Privacy Consultation: preliminary report published

The European Commission has published its initial findings of its public consultation on the ePrivacy Directive 2002/58/EC (see our previous blog post on the consultation here). The ePrivacy Directive applies to electronic communications services and needs to be updated in the light of the substantial changes to be made to…

EU-US Privacy Shield now in place

The European Commission has adopted the adequacy decision to replace Safe Harbor. Privacy campaigners are not satisfied and it may still be challenged. On 12 July 2016, the European Commission adopted a decision to make data transfers from the EU to US companies easier. The previous “Safe Harbor” regime, based…