We get it. You're busy. It's possible you didn't have time to catch all of The Privacy Advisor Podcasts this last month. Don't worry. We've got them assembled here for your listening pleasure, starting with the most recent.
In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards discusses the privacy landscape in New Zealand and ongoing updates to the country's privacy law of 1993. The regulator is unique in that he does not have fining powers, but he says that's working just fine. He'll explain why. Edwards also discusses what he calls necessary reforms to the way social media platforms respond to modern-day terrorist attacks. Specifically, he's frustrated with Facebook's response to the recent attacks on two of the country's mosques, after the terrorist livestreamed the act and the company took nearly 30 minutes to remove it. "If you have a technology that has the ability to broadcast to the entire world, people in their most vulnerable and terrified and afraid and frail ... then that is, of course, a privacy issue," Edwards said.
History was made last Friday night, April 12, when the largest-ever privacy class-action verdict was announced. A federal jury in Oregon decided, in Wakefield v. ViSalus, it would tell health supplement marketer ViSalus to pay $925 million in damages after it was charged by a certified class of 800,000 people with making 2 million illegal robocalls without consumers’ consent, in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. It’s unusual and newsworthy not only in that it’s the highest amount ever awarded, but also in that privacy class-action cases often don’t ever go to trial. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Jay Edelson, whose firm argued the case for the plaintiffs’ bar, talks us through the legal victory, the significance of the ruling, and what it could mean for the future of privacy litigation in the U.S.
Those of us following the saga that is Brexit remain anxious over how U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will resolve the problem. Three votes in, and there's still no deal as to how the U.K. will exit the EU — or if it will at all — in the end. For privacy professionals, it's an important issue, because if the U.K. does leave and a "hard Brexit" is agreed upon, the U.K. will no longer enjoy the free flow of data with the EU and others. As companies grapple with what to do to prepare for a case in which alternative arrangements for data transfers must be made for lawful compliance, Hogan Lovells' Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP/E, has some insights that might help. In this episode of the podcast, Ustaran discusses the latest developments and what his clients are doing in the interim. He also talks through the latest developments on the ePrivacy Regulation, which has long been in the negotiation process but now seems to be inching closer to a final agreement.
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