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Transfers of Personal Data to the US: Does the Schrems Judgment Spell the Demise of Safe Harbor?


The ECJ has found that the European Commission decision giving rise to the regime which allows the lawful transfer of personal data from EU countries to US companies with 'Safe Harbor' status is invalid.This landmark judgment will have a significant impact on data controllers transferring personal data to Safe Harbor companies, who must now review those arrangements and consider the alternatives. Emma Godding explains the judgment and the potential practical implications.

By Emma Godding

Commission to review Freedom of Information law


The Cabinet Office has announced that it is launching a review of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.The independent Commission will "consider whether there is an appropriate public interest balance between transparency, accountability and the need for sensitive information to have robust protection, and whether the operation of the Act adequately recognises the need for a ‘safe space’ for policy development and implementation and frank advice".

By Emma Godding

Private contractors to the public sector subject to FOI requirements


Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Justice Minister Simon Hughes announced the Government's intention to revise the statutory code of practice on freedom of information, "to make sure that private companies that carry out public functions have freedom of information requirements in their contracts". He also stated that the Government intends to "go further than that" without revealing the scope of further changes which may be introduced.

By Emma Godding

Cookie crunch: Is your website ready for the 26 May deadline?


By 26 May 2012, all UK organisations that operate a website will need to obtain consent from visitors to its website in order to continue using cookies. The EU rules on the use of internet cookies changed following amendments made to the E-Privacy Directive. Those changes were implemented in the UK last year following amendments to the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.

By Wesley O'Brien