European Parliament publishes a paper on blockchain and the GDPR

European Parliament publishes a paper on blockchain and the GDPR, titled “The General Data Protection Regulation  Can distributed ledgers be squared with European data protection law?” Here is the link to this interesting paper:   More information. on GDPR and blockchain, Francesca Giannoni-Crystal 

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Important question about the GDPR “one –stop shop” mechanism referred to the ECJ

On May 8, 2019, the Brussel’s Court of Appeal referred certain questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to ensure that the Belgian Data Protection Authority (DPA) can pursue the case against Facebook also after the GDPR entered into force. In particular, the questions is whether the one-stop shop mechanism (which […]

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Dutch DPA is the first European DPA to publish fining policy under GDPR

On March 14, 2019, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, DPA) published on Netherlands Official Gazette its own General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fining policy. It is the first European Union (EU) country to do so. Article 83, GDPR, provides that DPAs can issue to controllers and processors “effective, proportionate and dissuasive” administrative fines […]

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Bulgaria adopts GDPR harmonization law

On February 20, 2019, Bulgaria adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679, GDPR) harmonization law. The law amends and supplements the previous data protection act from 2002. It also transposes the EU Law Enforcement Directive (Directive (EU) 2016/680). The new Law on Personal Data Protection (LASLPDP) entered into force on March 2, 2019 […]

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GDPR’s harmonization laws enacted

Below a list of the harmonization laws enacted by each EU member state. Austria: the Datenschutz-Anpassungsgesetz 2018, the “Datenschutzgesetz“. Belgium: Framework Act (Dutch) Framework Act (French), DPA Act (Dutch), DPA Act (French) Croatia: Zakona O Provedbi Opće Uredbe O Zaštiti Podataka, the Act on Implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (Official Gazette no. 42/2018) Cyprus: Law n 125(I)/2018 Czech […]

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European Commission’s update on GDPR after 8 months of its application (with list of member states’ harmonization laws)

  On January 25, 2015, the European Commission released a statement with an update about the effects of the adoption of Regulation 2016/679/EU (GDPR). See: Joint Statement by First Vice-President Timmermans, Vice-President Ansip, Commissioners Jourová and Gabriel ahead of Data Protection Day Since its entry into force on May 25, 2018, “citizens have become more […]


ICO’s Guide to the GDPR

ICO published a veery useful guide dedicated to “data protection officers and others who have day-to-day responsibility for data protection” aimed at “small and medium-sized organisations”. See here  

EUR 50 million GDPR sanction issued against Google for lack of transparency, valid legal basis, and lack of consent

On January 21, 2019, the CNIL (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés, the French Data Protection Authority), restricted committee, for the first time applies the new sanctions limit provided by the GDPR and sanctions Google for EUR 50 million for two GDPR violations: 1. “violation of the obligations of transparency and information“ “First, the restricted […]

German court decides what can be the first decision on non-material damages under the GDPR

In November 2018, a German local court, the Amtsgericht Diez, decided on a claim for immaterial damages under Art. 82.1, GDPR.  According to this source, on May 25, 2018, Plaintiff received an e-mail in which Plaintiff’s consent to receive a newsletter was requested. An email of this sort is considered spam under German law and […]

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