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(Aug 31, 2015) Concerns voiced during public comments may mean the next draft of Brazil’s data protection framework won’t happen this year, the Japanese House of Councilors enacted into law a bill amendment that would establish a data protection watchdog, among other things, and Malaysia may see all cars outfitted with RFID trackers by 2018. Proskauer has a primer on the Russian data localization law and ReedSmith offers an overview of the latest amendment to South Korea’s data protection law, plus find out wh... Read More

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Ontario Reforms Police Record Checks

(Aug 25, 2015) An important piece of legislation with practical privacy implications will be before the Ontario Legislature when it resumes sitting on September 14. Bill 113, the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 will limit the types of information that are disclosed in response to a records check request and will bring greater uniformity to records checks in Ontario. This statute is a direct response to concerns about the practice of releasing non-conviction information and mental health information as pa... Read More

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Global News Roundup—August 17-24, 2015

(Aug 24, 2015) In Canada, commissioners have combined efforts to come up with new BYOD guidelines, and Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton is fighting a ruling she says limits her power to hold the government accountable. Also in this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup, read about the new draft cybersecurity strategy adopted by the Japanese government. The Electronic Frontier Foundation says the Peruvian Congressional Committee on Constitution and Regulations will be the final wor... Read More

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Student Privacy Legislative Update—August 18, 2015

(Aug 18, 2015) In the weeks since our last update, FERPA has taken a backseat (for now), the Senate passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Delaware’s governor signed a new student data privacy law, and there are several new resources to check out. State Update You may have seen or heard our friend and partner, Jim Steyer, CEO and Founder of Common Sense Media, raising public awareness around the issue of student data privacy in recent weeks. He was instrumental in shaping California’s stud... Read More

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Global News Roundup—August 10-17, 2015

(Aug 17, 2015) In this week's Privacy Tracker weekly legislative roundup, read about a new draft Network Security Law in China, a modified draft of India’s Human DNA Profiling Bill and opposition to a Pakistani cyber-crime bill. Safe Harbor is also seeing opposition from a group of EU parliamentarians and the UK High Court declared its data retention law unconstitutional. In the U.S., mental health reforms may pose a challenge to patient privacy and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) intends to present a federal reveng... Read More

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Global News Roundup—August 3-10, 2015

(Aug 10, 2015) Colombia’s Supreme Court has ruled that parents monitoring their children’s online accounts does not, in the eyes of the law, violate the minors’ privacy; Russia’s data protection authority is trying to help businesses understand the soon-to-be enacted data localization law, and in Korea, 23 individuals and 10 companies are being indicted for privacy violations. In the U.S., an Illinois biometric privacy law is being put to the test, and if it holds up, it may become a model for others; Maine ha... Read More

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Global News Roundup—July 27-August 3, 2015

(Aug 3, 2015) In this week’s Privacy Tracker roundup, read about India’s Human DNA Profiling Bill, Pakistan shutting down communications via Blackberry’s secure server and the UK investigating the expense and impact of the Freedom of Information Act. Belgium’s telecommunications regulator has begun a public consultation on the latest proposed data retention legislation, and after a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová said she is aiming to end Safe Harbor discussions in the coming weeks. In the U.S., the Email Privacy Act is in a position to bypass debate and move straight to approval, but CISA may have to wait until after the recess for a vote. Read More

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Peru’s New Law: Fighting Crime at What Privacy Price?

(Jul 31, 2015) Erick Iriarte of Iriarte & Asociados writes for Privacy Tracker about a new law decreed by Peru’s executive branch under delegated powers. The law requires telecommunications companies to collect and retain consumer geolocation data and make it available to law enforcement without a warrant. According to the decree, its purpose is to “regulate the access of the specialized unit of the National Police of Peru, in cases of flagrante delicto, to the location and geolocation of mobile phones or electronic devices of similar nature.” Iriarte outlines the main provisions of the law, noting its “worthy” intentions; however, he goes on to call it a law “with a dramatic effect but not effective” and asks how it will improve “the delayed coordination between the police, prosecutors and judges.” Read More

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EDPS Weighs In on Trilogue Negotiations

(Jul 27, 2015) Not long after the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) let their feelings be known on the trilogue negotiations about the future of the EU’s proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), itself a full member of the WP29, has done them one better. Not only has the EDPS weighed in with its opinion on how the final draft of the GDPR should read, it has also released a downloadable app that expresses its opinion alongside redlined drafts of the GDPR ... Read More

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Global News Roundup—July 20-27, 2015

(Jul 27, 2015) This week’s Privacy Tracker roundup highlights a controversial new antiterrorism law in Kuwait that would see mandatory DNA collection from all citizens, residents and visitors to the country. Also, Russia has passed a right-to-be-forgotten law, and Ireland is expected to pass a new law giving adopted individuals access to their birth certificates. In the U.S., another student privacy bill has been introduced while senators that have already proposed student privacy bills hope to work together to push a single bill forward. Also, there’s a new bill aiming to reform FISMA. The courts have also been busy deciding on Neiman Marcus, butt-dialing, a Florida healthcare privacy law and Facebook denying search warrants. Read More

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