About this Issue

Around the world, policymakers are focusing on ways to improve privacy frameworks. More than 120 countries have currently a privacy or data protection law enacted. Significant developments are taking place in the European Union, with the General Data Protection Regulation becoming applicable in May 2018 and a framework for ensuring privacy of electronic communications being currently in the legislative process. These developments have an impact on US based organizations that conduct business on the territory of the EU, even if they do not have an establishment there.

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The approaches in the EU and in the US to privacy protection differ, based on different legal traditions. 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.

The Future of Privacy Forum is closely following developments in EU policy-making and law-making. We keep our members informed with all relevant changes, case-law, guidance, policies, legal requirements, while also providing background and extracting essential information in order to support them being on top of the wave. We send out frequent digests with highlights (three to four every month), and the information shared is archived on our FPF Europe page, with access granted only to FPF members.

The Future of Privacy Forum is also engaging with stakeholders in Europe – including representatives of industry, academia and regulators, to facilitate the exchange of ideas and to foster understanding between the American and European privacy cultures, while furthering transatlantic privacy in response to current challenges.

Events

Papers

Privacy Engineering Research and the GDPR: A Trans-Atlantic Initiative
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August 30, 2017 | Melanie E. Bates

Privacy Engineering Research and the GDPR: A Trans-Atlantic Initiative

With this event, we aim to determine the relevant state of the art in privacy engineering; in particular, we will focus on those areas where the “art” needs to be developed further. The goal of this trans-Atlantic initiative is to identify open research and development tasks, which are needed to make the full achievement of the GDPR’s ambitions possible.

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What's Happening: International

Full house at IAPP Brussels interested in Deciphering Legitimate Interests. Download our LI Report here!
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December 10, 2018 | Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna

Full house at IAPP Brussels interested in Deciphering Legitimate Interests. Download our LI Report here!

The session that the Future of Privacy Forum organized for the IAPP Europe Congress in Brussels on November 28, Deciphering “legitimate interests”: actual enforcement cases and tested solutions, generated great interest among privacy professionals. We had a full house attending – more than 500 participants, according to the IAPP. The panel was based on a Report published earlier this year by the FPF and Nymity.

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New Guide Compares Privacy Laws in EU and California
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December 7, 2018 | Melanie E. Bates

New Guide Compares Privacy Laws in EU and California

Washington, DC – The Future of Privacy Forum and DataGuidance have released a new report, Comparing privacy laws: GDPR v. CCPA, which analyzes and contrasts the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). GDPR, which became effective in the EU on May 25, 2018, and the CCPA, scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2020, both aim to protect individuals’ personal data and apply to businesses that collect, use or share that data, online or off.

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[Webinar] GDPR vs. CCPA: An in depth Comparative Analysis (Thurs, Dec 13, at 10:00 AM ET)
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December 7, 2018 | Michelle Bae

[Webinar] GDPR vs. CCPA: An in depth Comparative Analysis (Thurs, Dec 13, at 10:00 AM ET)

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and DataGuidance have released a new Comparison Guide on the GDPR vs. CCPA, which provides an in-depth analysis on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). The Guide highlights the degree of similarity of the GDPR and CCPA on the five key provisions, and a detailed analysis of the similarities and differences. 

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