EU E-Privacy Directive

After more than four years of negotiations, the Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (ePrivacy Regulation), which will replace the ePrivacy Directive (2002/58/EC), appears to be at a turning point. On Feb. 10, 2021, the Council of the European Union announced it has adopted a consolidated version (the “Council’s Position”) which will be the basis

We have a deal! After several months of negotiations, on 24 December 2020, the EU and the UK announced that they have finally agreed on an agreement regulating trade and cooperation between the UK and the remaining 27 member states after 31 December 2020 (Trade Agreement). From a data protection perspective, this is welcome news

The UK is nearing the end of its Brexit transition period (the Transition Period), which expires Dec. 31, 2020. Although the UK has not been a party to the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement since the passage of Brexit, it has been treated as an EEA member during the Transition Period. Because of this status,

On 12 November 2020 the Commission of the European Union (EU) published two draft implementing decisions – one containing a draft new set of standard contractual clauses for transfers of personal data from the EU to third countries (the Cross-Border SCCs), and one containing a draft of new standard contractual clauses for certain clauses in

EDPB says that cookie walls require a tracking-free alternative (not necessarily free of charge) and the German Federal Supreme Court rules against opt-out consent for tracking cookies under German law

Introduction

In 2019, various EU member states issued guidance as to whether opt-in consent is necessary for non-essential cookies, with some guidance suggesting opt-in

On January 8, 2020, the “Virginia Privacy Act” (HB 473), was introduced for consideration to the General Assembly of Virginia. The proposed legislation includes notice requirements similar to the California Consumer Privacy Act’s (CCPA), provides consumers with rights similar to those under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and unlike either

On Nov. 22, 2019, the representatives of the EU member states rejected the Finnish Presidency’s proposed text for the ePrivacy Regulation, making the future of ePrivacy Regulation uncertain. The ePrivacy Regulation, which if adopted would be binding across all EU member states, will govern direct electronic marketing messages, cookies, and similar tracking technologies. The ePrivacy

On October 1, 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a new judgment on the use of cookies which, under the EU E-Privacy Directive, requires users’ informed consent. The court decided that

  • the cookies consent cannot be obtained by using a pre-ticked consent checkbox; and
  • information must be provided to users