In the U.S., FTC v. Wyndham will decide whether the company’s “failure to safeguard personal information caused substantial consumer injury” and whether the FTC even has the authority to regulate data security; the GAO is pushing for comprehensive federal law governing the collection, use and sale of personal data by businesses, and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is calling for regulation over biometric data before the horse leaves the barn. In the EU, the debate over Safe Harbor continues, with MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht and Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding saying EU residents need to be able take data privacy complaints to U.S. courts. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released the final set of Australian Privacy Principles that cover access to and correction of personal information, and in Canada, Alberta needs to create a new Privacy Act and Bill C-30 is back in the news. All this and more in this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup. (IAPP member login required.)
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