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

10:00 am Privacy Principles in the Era of Massive Data @ Georgetown Law Center
Privacy Principles in the Era of… @ Georgetown Law Center
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Experts from the public and private sectors will join public policy experts from the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and privacy law experts [...]
all-day 6th Biannual International Surveillance & Society Conference
6th Biannual International Surve…
Apr 24 – Apr 25 all-day
The 6th Biannual International Surveillance & Society conference hosted by the University of Barcelona and supported by the Surveillance Studies Network is currently calling for [...]
12:00 pm Data Privacy in Education: Ensuring Student Security while Encouraging Innovation in K-12 Education @ Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-354
Data Privacy in Education: Ensur… @ Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-354
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Congressional E-Learning Caucus in cooperation with Into and the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training presents a luncheon to discuss “Data Privacy [...]
all-day IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2014
IAPP Europe Data Protection Inte…
Apr 29 – May 1 all-day
The IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive features timely programming centred on the top issues impacting the European data protection community, with a focus on addressing [...]
5:30 pm InSecurity: Race, Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age @ New America Foundation
InSecurity: Race, Surveillance a… @ New America Foundation
Apr 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Now more than ever, digital tools sit at a precarious tipping point, and many question whether they will be used to address pre-existing disparities, [...]
all-day IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2014
IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2014
May 7 – May 9 all-day
The IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium is the leading conference for education, debate and discussion of issues that matter most to Canadian privacy and data protection [...]
all-day Privacy Law Scholars Conference (7th Annual) @ The George Washington School of Law
Privacy Law Scholars Conference … @ The George Washington School of Law
Jun 5 – Jun 6 all-day
  UC Berkeley School of Law and The George Washington University Law School will be holding the seventh annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) on [...]
all-day Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2014 Conference @ Airlie Center
Computers, Freedom, and Privacy … @ Airlie Center
Jun 8 – Jun 10 all-day
Mark your calendars! The 2014 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference will be held June 8-10 at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, Virginia. The Airlie Center [...]

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