Issues International Privacy

International Privacy

Around the world, policymakers are focusing on ways to improve privacy frameworks.  The approaches in the EU and in the US differ, based on different legal traditions and different values.  Still, there is significant common ground in the commitment to empowering individuals with respect to the collection and use of personal data, and to protecting people against harm from the use of their data.

In the European Union, an effort is underway to harmonize and simplify data protection law while at the same time increasing enforcement against abuses.  This section of our website provides basic information and commentary on the current proposals.

European Union Data Protection Reform

On January 25, 2012 the European Commission Proposed a Data Protection Reform proposal. The reform package includes the Regulation on the Protection of Individuals with Regard to the Processing of Personal Data and on the Free Movement of Such Data and the Directive on the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Processing of Personal Data by Competent Authorities for the Purposes of Prevention, Investigation, Detection or Prosecution of Criminal Offences or the Execution of criminal Penalties, and the Free Movement of Such Data. Together, these two legal instruments will replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive with the goals of modernizing existing laws and meeting the challenges of emerging technologies, strengthening individuals’ rights while promoting the free flow of personal data, and achieve harmonized implementation of data protection rules in all member states.

The EU’s legislative  process for data protection reform is expected to last between two and four years as the European Parliament and Council of the European Union engage in the Ordinary Legislative Procedure.

Visit the European Parliament Procedure File on Personal Data Protection: processing and free movement of data for more information.

Please visit the resource section below where you will find public opinions from leading groups as well as official EU documentation.

Future of Privacy Forum – EU White Papers

FPF US-EU Safe Harbor Report

Overextended: Jurisdiction and Applicable Law under the EU General Data Protection Regulation

The Draft EU General Data Protection Regulation: Costs and Paradoxes of Explicit Consent

The Definition of Personal Data: Seeing the Complete Spectrum

Data Protection Reform Analysis

Privacy Calendar

Oct
29
Wed
4:00 pm Big Data and Privacy: Navigating... @ Schulze Hall
Big Data and Privacy: Navigating... @ Schulze Hall
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The rapid emergence of “big data” has created many benefits and risks for businesses today. As data is collected, stored, analyzed, and deployed for various business purposes, it is particularly important to develop responsible data[...]
Oct
30
Thu
9:00 am The Privacy Act @40: A Celebrati... @ Georgetown Law
The Privacy Act @40: A Celebrati... @ Georgetown Law
Oct 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
The Privacy Act @40 A Celebration and Appraisal on the 40th Anniversary of the Privacy Act and the 1974 Amendments to the Freedom of Information Act October 30, 2014 Agenda 9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome[...]
Nov
7
Fri
all-day George Washington Law Review 201... @ George Washington University Law School
George Washington Law Review 201... @ George Washington University Law School
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day
Save the date for the GW Law Review‘s Annual Symposium, The FTC at 100: Centennial Commemorations and Proposals for Progress, which will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, in Washington, DC. This year’s symposium, hosted in[...]
Nov
11
Tue
10:15 am You Are Here: GPS Location Track... @ Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
You Are Here: GPS Location Track... @ Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Nov 11 @ 10:15 am
EFF Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury will present twice at the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Annual Sunny Climate Seminar. He will give a presentation on government location tracking issues and then participate in a panel[...]
Nov
12
Wed
all-day PCLOB Public Meeting on “Definin... @ Washington Marriott Hotel
PCLOB Public Meeting on “Definin... @ Washington Marriott Hotel
Nov 12 all-day
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will conduct a public meeting with industry representatives, academics, technologists, government personnel, and members of the advocacy community, on the topic: “Defining Privacy.”   While the Board will[...]
Nov
20
Thu
all-day W3C Workshop on Privacy and User... @ Berlin, Germany
W3C Workshop on Privacy and User... @ Berlin, Germany
Nov 20 – Nov 21 all-day
The Workshop on User Centric App Controls intents to further the discussion among stakeholders of the mobile web platform, including researchers, developers and service providers. This workshop serves to investigate strategies toward better privacy protection[...]
Dec
2
Tue
all-day IAPP Practical Privacy Series 2014
IAPP Practical Privacy Series 2014
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day
Government and FTC and Consumer Privacy return to Washington, DC. For more information, click here.

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