Data protection / Privacy / safe harbour / Surveillance

AG Bot on Schrems v DP Commissioner: does the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights really go beyond the ECHR?

Advocate General (AG) Bot delivered his awaited opinion on 23 September 2015 in the case C-362/14 Maximillian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner. As readers might remember (see my previous post here), the Irish High Court had made a reference for a preliminary ruling back in 2014. [For background, talented Austrian Facebook user, Maximillian Schrems complained … Continue reading

Biometrics / Data protection / Surveillance

On Willems et al. v Burgemeester van Nuth and the processing of personal data by law enforcement agencies…If only the CJEU had been more prolix….

As explained in an earlier post, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued on 16 April 2015 its preliminary ruling in the case of Willems and Others v Burgemeester van Nuth and Others C-446-12 to C-449/12 (Willems) concerning the interpretation of an EU Regulation (2252/2004, ‘the Regulation’) on standards for security features and biometrics … Continue reading