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(Jul 28, 2016) A few weeks ago, the government of Canada introduced three bills in Parliament dealing with national security issues. The government is proposing a new National Security and Intelligence Committee for greater oversight of the intelligence community. However, the committee appears to be a paper tiger, stripped of any real authority or independence. In other proposed legislation, the government aims to continue strengthening Canada-U.S. cooperation at the border. Will the new legislation set the s... Read More

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Beyond Bathrooms: New Guidance Regarding Transgender Students Addresses FERPA Requirements

(Jul 26, 2016) The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice recently weighed in on the obligations of school districts, colleges and universities to provide civil rights protections for transgender students. On May 13, the departments issued a Dear Colleague Letter  that summarizes the responsibilities of school districts, colleges and universities that receive federal financial assistance under the departments’ interpretation of federal law, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972... Read More

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Global News Roundup— July 18 - 25, 2016

(Jul 25, 2016) In this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup, read about plans in Singapore to introduce legislation to safeguard sensitive data used by tech companies, as well as new guidance from the Personal Data Protection Commission on disposing of personal data. A Russian MP has proposed delaying the nation’s data retention law until the year 2023. A roundtable conference discussed Pakistan’s cybercrime bill, saying it needs amendments to protect privacy. In Europe, Advocate General Henrik Saugmands... Read More

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GDPR conundrums: The data protection officer requirement

(Jul 19, 2016) One for all ... Maybe? The General Data Protection Regulation introduces a general EU-wide obligation to appoint a data protection officer for controllers and processors involved in high-risk processing activities, i.e., where one of a company’s core activities is the large-scale monitoring of individuals or processing of sensitive data. This obligation has been one of the most debated and amended provisions in the legislative process of the GDPR. It was also one of the reasons the German gover... Read More

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Global News Roundup— July 11-18, 2016

(Jul 18, 2016) The Bermuda data protection law highlighted in last week’s Privacy Tracker roundup passed the House of Assembly; and the Russian anti-terror legislation is impossible to implement according to the country’s deputy minister of economic development. In Poland a new law allowing for the surveillance of foreigners without a court order has some concerned; and the U.K. is figuring out what leaving the EU means for its implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation. In the U.S., congresswomen have introduced bills making both revenge porn and sextortion a federal crime, a group of three senators has introduced a prescription drug monitoring bill and the House passed a mental health bill. Read about these happenings and more in this week’s Privacy Tracker weekly roundup. Read More

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The Privacy Shield: What U.S. multinational employers need to know to enjoy the benefits of the newest EU-U.S. data transfer mechanism

(Jul 13, 2016) Since the European Court of Justice declared invalid, on October 6, 2015, the Safe Harbor agreement between the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission for the transfer of personal data, hundreds of U.S. multinationals have been struggling to find an alternative while waiting hopefully for the Safe Harbor’s replacement. The Privacy Shield, effective as of July 12, 2016, may provide the alternative these organizations have been seeking. For U.S. multinationals that relied on the S... Read More

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We've got a finalized Privacy Shield agreement: What's new?

(Jul 12, 2016) More than nine months after the Court of Justice of the European Union struck down Safe Harbor, and five months since the Privacy Shield agreement was first announced, it’s official. Privacy Shield is approved. Organizations seeking to transfer European data to the U.S. will be able to sign up for certification starting August 1, according to U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. We covered the operational changes in Privacy Shield when the provisional text was released in March, which are co... Read More

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European Commission formally adopts Privacy Shield

(Jul 12, 2016) After more than two years of negotiations with the U.S., the European Commission officially adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield arrangement Tuesday. Appearing together with U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová announced the deal earlier today in Brussels.  “Ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to announce the European Commission has adopted the decision on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield,” said Jourová during this morning’s press event. She sai... Read More

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Global News Roundup— July 5 - 11, 2016

(Jul 11, 2016) In this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup, read about a personal data protection bill tabled in Bermuda, a Russian law imposing data storage requirements on telecommunications and internet communications operators, and the first reading of the U.K. Digital Economy Bill, which would allow for data sharing between public bodies when there’s a public benefit and increase online protections for minors. Plus, the European Parliament passed security rules, the Israeli Justice Ministry is clos... Read More

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EU Member States approve Privacy Shield

(Jul 8, 2016) The revamped data transfer deal between the EU and U.S. cleared a major obstacle Friday and looks to be ready for formal adoption early next week. The Article 31 Committee – a group of national representatives from the 28 EU Member States – approved the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, with four representatives abstaining.  In a joint statement, European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said Member States “have given their strong support to the EU-U.S. Privacy... Read More

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