Moderator, Gibbons Academy, "European Data Protection Regulations," New York, NY
January 26, 2016
This presentation will address:
Safe Harbor Invalidated – What’s Next?
On October 6, 2015, in a landmark decision of the European Court of Justice, following a request for a preliminary ruling by the Irish High Court, the Safe Harbor for transfer of personal data from Europe to the U.S. was invalidated and the European Data Protection Authorities’ investigation powers were strengthened significantly. Currently, it is not yet certain how data transfers to the U.S. can be justified after expiration of the granted grace period which ends January 31, 2016.
Get Ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
European data protection law is currently on trial – the final version of the GDPR will be published early this year. As a result, there will be a single harmonized data protection law for all of Europe. With this “one-stop shop” approach, companies will have to deal with one law, instead of 28, and notification requirements will be removed. Also, non-EU companies will be required to comply with European data protection law when offering services in the EU. It remains only a relatively short transitional period of two years before the new law applies.