I am invited to participate in International Data Transfers & Compliance Summit as moderator for breakout session: Data transfers to third countries. I have participated in conferences, summits, seminars and similar events as a speaker (and as a participant, of course), but never as a moderator. So this will be…


Recently I was looking at fines for GDPR breaches to get better understanding on data protection landscape at the moment. I selected 10 from just December 2020 and January 2021 which were biggest or most interesting. There are more loud fines being issued already in February which I did not…


On January 28th we celebrated Data protection Day. So, I think, this is right moment to look back at previous year, how it changed, and also try to predict future developments. All statistics comes from DLA Piper GDPR fines and data breach survey: January 2021.

Regulators have been more active with fines

We saw that data protection…


On 26 April 2006 the Council of Europe decided to launch a Data Protection Day to be celebrated each year on 28 January, the date on which the Council of Europe’s data protection convention, known as “Convention 108”, was opened for signature. That was first legally binding international law in…


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On 21 January 2019, French data protection authority Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) imposed a penalty in amount of €50 million onGoogle’s U.S. headquarters — Google LLC — for infringements of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). …


Today is international Data Protection Day. Yes, that’s official day! Data Protection Day, or as it is called outside Europe — Privacy Day, is celebrated each January 28th already since 2007.

In 2006 the Council of Europe launched a Data Protection Day to be celebrated each year on 28 January…


Recently Facebook published latest (Q3) user and revenue update, having the overall users base drop (in Europe and US, mainly).

While the drop of users, when compared to total numbers, is small, it is strong signal that users in Europe are not happy with some of Facebook’s practices. More specifically…


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While some tend to portray new European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) as menacing Apocalypse coming from nowhere, fact is that GDPR is an “upgrade” of existing EU data protection laws. EU Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC) was adopted already in 1995. …

Atis Gailis

Tech lawyer, privacy expert and data protection officer.

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