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DoC Comments on Privacy Shield In Advance of GDPR

The Department of Commerce issued an update to explain how it has supported the E.U.-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield frameworks. As we have written previously, the Shield gives E.U. companies a basis under which it can send personal data to entities in the U.S. The comments from Commerce come after the Europeans raised concerns about the sufficiency of the program, which gets re-evaluated annually.

Some of the measures Commerce pointed to that it has implemented include a more rigorous reviews of corporate privacy policies and requiring companies to delay public representations of Privacy Shield participation until the Department of Commerce’s review process is complete. Commerce also stated that it is conducting more monitoring of companies, and is strengthening enforcement. In addition, the update calls for the appointment of a Privacy Shield Ombudsperson with whom consumers can raise concerns about corporate use of their information.

Putting it Into Practice: These comments from the Department of Commerce show that they recognize that Privacy Shield is under scrutiny as we come into the final few days prior to GDPR implementation. 

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Liisa Thomas, a partner based in the firm’s Chicago and London offices, is Co-Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice. Her clients rely on her ability to create clarity in a sea of confusing legal requirements and describe her as “extremely responsive, while providing thoughtful legal analysis combined with real world practical advice.” Liisa is the author of the definitive treatise on data breach, Thomas on Data Breach: A Practical Guide to Handling Worldwide Data Breach Notification, which has been described as “a no-nonsense roadmap for in-house and...

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Matthew's practice focuses on False Claims Act litigation in federal district and appellate courts, government contractor-specific litigation and counseling, and bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and Court of Federal Claims. Matthew also assists with other government contracts and complex civil litigation matters.

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