Over the past decade, the EU has made significant technological and legal strides toward the widespread adoption of electronic identification cards. An electronic ID card, or e-ID, serves as a form of secure identification for online transactions – in other words, it provides sufficient verification of an individual’s identity to allow that person to electronically sign and submit sensitive documents such as tax returns and voting ballots over the Internet.
In early May the Italian data protection authority (“Garante”) issued “Simplified Arrangements to Provide Information and Obtain Consent Regarding Cookies” (“Guidelines”). These are intended to provide clarity on the application of Legislative Decree No. 69/2012 (the “2012 Act”), which implemented the EU Cookie Directive in Italy.
Although no major legislative milestones for the EU Data Protection Regulation have occurred since March 2014 (see status update here), there has been some progress over the late spring and early summer of 2014.
The case began in January 2010 when Danish resident Mr. Blomqvist purchased a ‘Rolex’ watch from a Chinese online shopping site.
Major changes are on the way in Europe that will have a significant impact on companies anywhere in the world that collect or process personal data of residents of the EU.
On 21 November 2013, the European Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU“) with the Competition Commission of India. A copy has just been published on the European Commission’s website.
The European Commission (Commission) has issued a package of measures (the Reform Package), the rationale for which is to simplify and streamline EU merger control.
The completion of the Data Protection Regulation faced another set-back last Friday (December 6, 2013) at the Council of Ministers, in which there was a fundamental disagreement surrounding the proposed “one-stop shop.”