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Happy Data Protection Day! The 28 January each year is celebrated as Data Protection Day (or Data Privacy Day outside of Europe), which marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108. To mark Data Protection Day 2021, we have summarised some of the key trends and developments in the EU, UK and beyond from a data protection perspective and looking ahead to what to expect for 2021. You can jump to specific country…

The Spanish minister of consumer protection, Alberto Garzón, has released in the past days several tweets stating that the Ministry of Health, Consumer Protection and Social Welfare is currently looking into different options to regulate loot boxes. Garzón has publicly expressed a critical view on this practice on several occasions, which he considers “Creates a compulsive consumption pattern” that directly affects minors. The Spanish gambling authority (Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego) already anticipated last…

Nearly every company in the world is struggling to effectively manage the broad range of legal and operational risks associated with data. Data is everywhere, and everyone is working to maximize its organizational value, while avoiding wrongful disclosures, theft of informational assets, and the losses related to the costly legal fallout. This is the result, in large part, of new legislation, heightened regulatory scrutiny and marketplace expectations, and increased dependence on service providers for core…

The Spanish Data Protection Agency sent out letters dated October 29, 2015 to companies that are registered with the DPA and that rely on Safe Harbor for data transfers to US recipients. The letter states that companies need to take alternative measures since Safe Harbor has been invalidated. The DPA asks specifically whether the notified data transfers to US recipients based on Safe Harbor will continue, and if so, which alternative measures the company will now take. Safe…