Our Managing Partner, Maria Raphael, speaks at the 2nd CPD Webinar ‘’Fundamentals on Data Protection

01 Aug 2022
Our Managing Partner, Maria Raphael, speaks at the 2nd CPD Webinar ‘’Fundamentals on Data Protection’’ by UCLan Cyprus

On 31 March 2022 the School of Law of the Cyprus Campus of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan Cyprus) in association, with the Larnaca Bar Association and Famagusta Bar Association, held their second webinar on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to celebrate the signing of Memoranda of Understanding, between UCLan Cyprus and the Larnaca Bar Association and Famagusta Bar Association respectively.

Participation to the webinar contributed to the CPD of members of the legal profession in England and Wales, the Republic of Cyprus and internationally. UCLan Cyprus, through its School of Law, is an accredited provider of CPD programmes under the relevant Cyprus Bar Association scheme.

This webinar’s focus was on the fundamentals of data protection, with the aim to provide participants with information and insights into recent developments in data protection regulation in Cyprus, in European Union, and internationally. The two speakers touched upon recent legal developments in data protection, including analysis of data protection authority enforcement actions, regulation and court decisions, international data transfers, and how the covid 19 pandemic has affected the enterprises and the obligation for adequate protection.

The founder and managing partner of Privacy Minders, Maria Raphael, who represented the Larnaca and Famagusta Bar Associations, addressed the issue of international data transfers with the keynote presentation ‘’International Data Transfers: Compliance and Challenges’’.
Ms. Raphael addressed the status of International Data Transfers under the GDPR and upcoming developments, presented the European Data Protection Board’s (EDPBs) draft guidance on what constitutes International Data Transfer and its recommendations on how to conduct transfer impact assessments and adopting supplementary measures when the law and practice of the importer’s third country impinge on the effectiveness of the transfer tool used. Ms. Raphael discussed practical issues surrounding the use of EU Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses and possible solutions. Lastly, she analysed the agreement in principle announced on 25.03.2022 by the US and EU for a new transatlantic personal data transfers agreement and whether it can effectively address the concerns of the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union which invalidated the EU Commission’s EU-US Privacy Shield decision.

On behalf of the Larnaca and Famagusta Bar Associations which she represented, Ms. Maria Raphael stated that “The Bar Associations of Larnaca and Famagusta are delighted to have contributed to this Webinar, which marks our second formal collaborative event with the School of Law of Uclan Cyprus under the MoU signed. We remain committed to the continuous training and education of our members, and we feel confident that Uclan Cyprus is an ally we can count on to accomplish this objective’’

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