October 2017 has been a busy month for the Article 29 Working Party (the “WP29”), a group that consists of EU data protection authorities. The WP29 has recently published three new guidelines and revised some earlier guidelines on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). The recent guidance includes proposed guidelines on […]

On 19 October, the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (the “LIBE Committee”) of the European Parliament approved a revised draft of the E-Privacy Regulation. As we wrote on our blog earlier, the LIBE Committee submitted some significant changes to the Commission’s E-Privacy Regulation proposal (COM(2017) 10 final, which we wrote about on our […]

As suggested in a recent blog post, a first-ever Finnish Trade Secrets Act has now been proposed. On 18 October, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland received a report from the working party on the national implementation of the Trade Secrets Directive ((EU) 2016/943, the “Directive”). The working party proposes that a […]

Legality of the Standard Contractual Clauses Referred to the CJEU The Standard Contractual Clauses (the “SCCs” or the “EU Model Clauses”) have provided a mechanism for transferring personal data outside the EEA when incorporated into a contract between controllers or a controller and a processor. These model clauses have been adopted by the European Commission […]

In order to enhance the digital growth of the European Union, the Commission has proposed a new regulation to govern the free flow of non-personal data in the EU (COM(2017)495). In combination with the already existing rules on personal data protection under the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”), the proposed legal framework is important […]

Shedding Light on Trade Secrets
October 9, 2017

To the excitement of many of us, the rather fuzzy concept of a trade secret under Finnish law is becoming clearer. The Pirkanmaa District Court recently gave a detailed decision in which it pondered what constitutes a trade secret. Furthermore, as my colleague Camilla wrote on our blog earlier, the EU Directive on the Protection […]

The new Act on Public Procurement entered into force at the beginning of January 2017. The act is based on the Procurement Directives issued in 2014. Another significant reform, the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”), was simultaneously prepared in the EU, and it sets more strict and detailed requirements for the handling and processing […]

Back in January, the Commission published a proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (the “E-Privacy Regulation”) to replace the current E-Privacy Directive (2002/58/EC). This was after the proposal had initially been leaked right before the Christmas holidays in 2016, which I commented on in a previous blog post here on our Hannes […]

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