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United States Privacy Digest | Notes from the IAPP, August 27, 2021 Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, August 20, 2021

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Greetings from Portsmouth, New Hampshire!

I haven't been in school for nine years now, and yet I'm still a bit sad when the summer winds down. Despite summer vacations being a distant memory, I'm never ready to bid the warm weather farewell. Don't get me wrong, fall is my favorite season, but when summer ends, we end up closer to winter, which I abhor.

Also, with the delta variant resulting in a surge in the summer months, fall and winter in 2021 remain in serious limbo. Forgive me if I'm not ready to give up better temperatures just yet.

The colors of the leaves may change (and they look exceptional here in New England), but privacy news remains a constant, even in the slower days of the summer.

Perhaps the biggest news appeared across the pond. The U.K. announced it would be pursuing its own set of adequacy decisions for data transfers. It is the latest in a long line of steps to clarify the data transfer situation in the U.K. post-Brexit, and it's one U.S. privacy professionals should keep in mind.

The U.K. government listed 10 countries as "priority destinations" for these deals, one of which is the U.S. Whenever there is news surrounding data transfers, particularly as a replacement for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, agreement continues to be hashed out, and someone always mentions how valuable data transfers are for the economies involved.

It goes without saying both sides will likely work hard to ensure data can flow freely between the U.S. and U.K. when the time comes.

Another story I've been keeping an eye on is Apple's initiative to scan users' iCloud accounts for images deemed "Child Sexual Abuse Material." This particular announcement has raised quite a bit of debate among the privacy community.

No one denies Apple's goal is a worthy one. Far from it. The question raised by observers is whether the technology company is going too far in its endeavor. Apple, for its part, has released materials to assuage some of these concerns, and it'll be interesting to see how it progresses in the future.

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