Data Protection


Two years after Digital Rights Ireland: general data retention obligations might still be compatible with EU law

A review of the Advocate General’s opinion in Joined Cases C-203/15 and C-698/15 An article by Pieter Gryffroy* A. Introduction In its judgement of 8 April 2014 in the Digital Rights Ireland case,[1] the Court of Justice declared the 2006 Data Retention Directive (hereinafter: the Data Retention Directive)[2] invalid. The […]


Taking a look at two cases in the margin of the CJEU’s “Privacy Spring”, before and after the General Data Protection Regulation: Weltimmo and Bara

An article by Pieter Gryffroy*   I. Introduction On 4 May 2016, the official text of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), replacing the former Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC), was published in the EU’s Official Journal,[1] together with the specific new Directive on the exchange of personal […]


The EU-US Privacy Shield: An Effective New Framework for Transatlantic Data Flows or A Weak Compromise Doomed to Fail?

An article by Pieter Gryffroy*   I. INTRODUCTION   On 2 February 2016, the European Commission announced[1] that it had reached an agreement with US authorities on a new safe harbour regime, after the old regime had been invalidated by the Court of Justice on 6 October 2015 in its […]


Regulation of Technology in the EU and beyond – General Data Protection Regulation, Safe Harbor (C-362/14), Data Retention and more

Saar Blueprint features analysis of Safe Harbor Decision „Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner“ (C-362/14) and other recent developments The most recent publication in our Saar Blueprint series has the title „Regulation of Technology in the EU and beyond – The state of play in autumn 2015.“ The analysis features […]


Case analysis of the ECtHR judgment in Delfi AS v. Estonia (app. No. 64569/09) 1

The difficulties of information management for intermediaries By Oskar Josef Gstrein[1]  A. Introduction “The medium is the message”.[2] This phrase coined by the Canadian philosopher Marshal McLuhan in the 1960s seems to be nowhere as true as when it comes to the processing and distribution of information on the internet. […]