Following the landmark ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of 6 October 2015 in the Maximilian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner case (C-362-14), the EU data protection authorities assembled in the Article 29 Working Party have discussed the first consequences to be drawn at European and national level. EU data protection authorities consider that it is absolutely essential to have a robust, collective and common position on the implementation of the judgment. Moreover, the Working Party will observe closely the developments of the pending procedures before the Irish High Court.
The European data protection authorities assembled in the Article 29 Working Party take note of the milestone decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of 6 October 2015 in the Maximilian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner ruling and that the European Commission decision 2000/250 (the so-called “Safe Harbor decision”) is invalid. The Working Party welcomes the fact that the Court’s decision reaffirms that data protection rights are an inherent part of the EU fundamental rights regime.
The Article 29 Working Party has recently published the results of a survey on cookie usage of 478 websites frequently used by European citizens. According to the survey, there's improvement in information but cookies are still being set without consent.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. The strapline for the campaign is “Let’s create a better internet together”. In Luxemburg, BEE SECURE is responsible for the coordination of the Safer Internet Day and organizes a lot of events on that day.
In the context of the Data Protection Day, the National Commission for Data Protection, in collaboration with the APDL and Security made in Lëtzebuerg, organized a conference on the challenges ahead of the European regulation on data protection, followed by a panel discussion on risk analysis including issues related to Big Data.
On 27 January 2015, the National Commission for Data Protection, represented by Tine A. Larsen (President) and Georges Wantz (Commissioner), met with former Acting Secretary of Commerce and General Counsel of the United States, Cameron Kerry, and former Minister of Media and Communications, Jean-Louis Schiltz. The main points of discussion were the future European Regulation on data protection and the differences between European and American legal frameworks for the protection of privacy.
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