The Directive is dead! Long live the GDPR!

After four long years, European policy makers reached an agreement on the European data protection reform and the terms of the upcoming General Data Protection regulation (GDPR) – formally known as the “Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data”.

The GDPR will finally be adopted in the next few days and will take effect early 2018. As such, the GDPR will be replacing the European Data Protection Directive of 1995.

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CJEU – Home Surveillance subject to European data protection laws

At the end of last year the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) decided in František Ryneš the issue whether the “personal or household” exclusion from data protection law applies to the use of home surveillance devices.

The court found that a person who uses closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for the purpose of home security but at the same time also records a public sidewalk which is located outside of a private home may be governed by EU data protection law.

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