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(Feb 8, 2016) Brazil’s Ministry of Justice is opening a consultation on a draft Internet Decree aiming to regulate its Internet Civil Rights Framework; The EU and U.S. have agreed upon a new data transfer mechanism—EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, and the UK has announced plans not to comply with a section of the newly passed EU General Data Protection Regulation. In this Privacy Tracker weekly legislative roundup, get info on all these developments plus learn about Turkey’s draft Data Protection Law, get an update on... Read More

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Student Privacy Legislative Update — February 3, 2016

(Feb 3, 2016) In the weeks since our last update, ESSA was signed into law, Congress has convened for a new session, Washington was buried by #Snowzilla, and states have hit the ground running introducing student privacy legislation.   Federal Update In case you missed it, ESSA was signed into law in December. The new law represents a shift in the nation’s approach to education, but it’s remarkably consistent with its predecessor (No Child Left Behind) in one significant aspect — affirming that data matter... Read More

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Turkey's Draft Data Protection Law

(Feb 1, 2016) Turkey has no general data protection law at present. There is a draft Law on the Protection of Personal Data (draft law) meant to harmonize Turkish data protection laws with the Council of Europe's Strasbourg Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data 1981 (the Data Processing Convention) and the EU Directive 95/46/EC on the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data and on the Free Movement of Such Data (the d... Read More

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Global News Roundup—January 25 - February 1, 2016

(Feb 1, 2016) In this week’s Privacy Tracker weekly roundup, read about Germany’s new law allowing consumer associations to sue companies over perceived data protection violations plus a German Federal Constitutional Court decision to reject a submission that would have delayed obligations for storage of electronic traffic data. In Switzerland, a bill that would establish government authority to effect warrantless online surveillance of civilians will be forced to go to a referendum vote, and in Poland thousands protested an attempt to expand the government's ability to use surveillance and access digital data. Also, read about Latin American efforts towards robust privacy frameworks in Costa Rica and other countries, and a new board in the U.S. will be conducting federal background checks beginning soon. Read More

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Global News Roundup—January 18-25, 2016

(Jan 25, 2016) In this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup, get insight on the EU General Data Protection Regulation’s new rules surrounding employee data, cross-border data transfers and “profiling,” also, find out what’s happening in negotiations for EU-U.S. data transfers. Israel’s data protection authority has clarified its stance on transferring data to the U.S. after the invalidation of Safe Harbor. Canada may see a legislative approach to public-sector record keeping in the wake of scandal, and in the U.S., lawmakers are proposing bills at the federal and state level to improve health IT, limit the accessibility of police body camera footage and protect student privacy. Read More

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Employee privacy and the GDPR – Ten steps for US multinational employers towards compliance

(Jan 21, 2016) The European Union’s (EU) new data protection framework, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (the regulation), is, at bottom, a response to the astonishing evolution in online commerce. As a result, only one of the regulation’s 91 articles specifically addresses the personal data of employees. This gap means U.S. multinational employers — especially those engaged in business-to-business (B-to-B) commerce — must carefully parse the regulation to figure out how it applies to their mana... Read More

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Public-sector record-keeping requirements: A turning of the tides?

(Jan 20, 2016) Public-sector record-keeping is currently a hot topic in Canada due to numerous scandals involving political staff deleting records, resulting in reports and recommendations by Information and Privacy Commissioners. And now, legislative action is being taken. Ontario has new statutory obligations to safeguard records, and penalties for their willful destruction. The British Columbia government indicated it will be looking into a legislative duty to document decisions as part of the province’s r... Read More

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Global News Roundup—January 11-18, 2016

(Jan 19, 2016) The EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive is on its way to a full plenary vote in Parliament after being approved by its internal market and consumer protection committee. EU data protection authorities are expected to meet next month to iron out a new data-transfer agreement with the U.S., and the IAPP has some practical insight on consent requirements under the agreed upon GDPR. Also in this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative round up, read about changes to Taiwan’s Personal Data Protection Law issued by its president, and U.S. state legislatures, once again, looking at drone and student privacy Read More

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Brazil 2016: Trends for privacy and data protection

(Jan 15, 2016) Privacy and data protection were hot topics in 2015 in Brazil – from data breaches to misuse of personal data and from bills of law to criminal investigations. Never have those topics been so discussed in the country. And the trend will probably not fade away in this year beginning anew.   In the end of 2015, Whatsapp was blocked nationwide in Brazil. The company allegedly did not comply with a request for logs and content of communications between users investigated for criminal activities. Th... Read More

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Global News Roundup—January 1-11, 2016

(Jan 11, 2016) In this first Privacy Tracker legislative roundup of 2016, read about laws passed and enacted in China, Colombia, and the Netherlands. Also, Germany’s Bundestag has adopted a law allowing consumer advocates to sue companies for violating the data protection law, and in Cyprus, the president wants amendments to a recently passed communications privacy bill. In the U.S., Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has reintroduced his anti-stalker app bill and government officials are supposed to be deciding soon on whether the TSA will start enforcing the Real ID Act — which is 10-years old now. And who could forget about the GDPR — we’ve got lots of coverage to help you navigate those waters too. Read More

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