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Letter from European Data Protection Authorities to WhatsApp

Press release announcing that the Article 29 Working Party has sent a joint letter to WhatsApp calling for more clarity in WhatsApp’s privacy policy, and in particular regarding sharing European data with the parent company Facebook, following on from a change in privacy policy in October 2016.


Detailed information from the Data Protection Agency about the “Safe Harbor” case

This news release and guidance document from the Danish DPA provides contextual background information on the declaration by the EU court of the invalidity of the Safe Habor agreement between the US and the EU on the transfer of personal data. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) had, on 6 October 2015, issued a judgement on a preliminary ruling by the Irish High Court, in a case between the Austrian citizen Maximillian Schrems and the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

It further provides guidance on other legal arrangements for the transfer of personal data to the US (appropriate contractual provisions, the Commission’s model contracts, and binding corporate rules), and action being taken by both the Danish DPA and in concert with other EU DPAs.


Article 29 Working Party (WP29)

Statement of the Article 29 Working Party on the Safe Harbour Ruling

On 16 October 2015 the Article 29 Working Party issued a statement on the recent ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU in Schrems v. Facebook. Although the tone of the statement is quite general, it reflects the positions and views of European DPAs on the transfer of personal data to the US and on the consequences of the judgment. Moreover, apart from illustrating the next steps European institutions should take in their negotiations with the US, this statement provides a few guidelines for European businesses that would allow them to implement the Court’s judgment.