South African court deems communication interception act to be unconstitutional

(Sep 17, 2019) The South Gauteng High Court ruled South Africa’s Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act is unconstitutional, The South African reports. Investigative journalism organization amaBhungane challenged the RICA after the communications of one of their journalists were intercepted as he reported on corruption allegations against former President Jacob Zuma. Judge Roland Sutherland ruled such surveillance activities are unlawful and invalid.... Read More

Roundup: Canada, Cayman Islands, Morocco, UK, US and more

(Sep 16, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, IAPP Editor Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, and Former President, Californians for Consumer Privacy and MSR Strategies Principal Mary Stone Ross took a dive into what's ahead after the final California Consumer Privacy Act amendments were agreed upon last week. DLA Piper's Jim Halpert and Andrew Kingman and Pithy Privacy Founder Jacob Rubinstein offered further perspective into the CCPA. Morocco has suspended any use of facial-recognition tec... Read More

Global News Roundup — Sept. 9-16, 2019

(Sep 16, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, Angelique Carson and Mary Stone Ross took a dive into what's ahead after the final California Consumer Privacy Act amendments were agreed upon last week. Jim Halpert and Jacob Rubinstein both offered further perspective into the CCPA. Morocco has suspended any use of facial-recognition technology. Latvia handed out an EU General Data Protection Regulation fine. New data protection legislation is about to take effect in the Cayman Islands... Read More

Moroccan DPA puts temporary ban on facial-recognition tech

(Sep 11, 2019) The National Commission for the Control of Personal Data Protection in Morocco has announced a seven-month freeze on the use of facial-recognition software. The ban is in effect for public and private use of the technology, which the CNDP says is up for debate in an extended public consultation. "As part of the exercise of its mission to protect individuals with regard to the processing of their personal data, the CNDP has agreed on the need to regulate and strictly control the use of this techn... Read More

Digital rights group voices concerns over Kenya's biometric ID card

(Aug 23, 2019) African digital rights advocacy group Paradigm Initiative has joined other organizations in voicing privacy concerns over Kenya's Huduma Namba biometric identification card, ITWeb Africa reports. PI is urging the Kenyan Parliament to review the bill supporting Huduma's rollout and consider its implications related to privacy rights. With its argument, PI is seeking to ensure the bill contains data protection provisions, carries principles of fairness and transparency, and does not deny citizens ... Read More

IAPP KNet Chair Adavize Alao has died

(Aug 20, 2019) Data privacy lawyer Adavize Alao, CIPM, died last week after an illness. Alao was the co-founder and publisher of Lawyard, an online legal media platform that has been a resource for the legal community in Nigeria. Alao, who specialized in data protection, digital rights and tech law, was also an IAPP KnowledgeNet chair in his country. "Adavize was a shining star who shone with excellence in all that he did," Lawyard wrote in a statement. "In the last four years, he worked with an unflinching co... Read More

Amnesty International raises concerns on Kenya's proposed CCTV plan

(Aug 16, 2019) Amnesty International Kenya is raising red flags about Kenya's proposed national closed-circuit TV surveillance plan, Capital FM News reports. While the government seeks to govern all facets of the public surveillance, the human rights organization believes such control should be regulated through new data protection legislation geared toward citizens' rights. “Amnesty recommends that the government prioritizes establishing strong data protection legislation that protects human rights over expan... Read More

Roundup: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Rwanda, US and more

(Jul 1, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, discussions on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield are set to ramp up. Google is being accused of privacy violations with lawsuits in France and the U.S. A Massachusetts city joined San Francisco in banning government use of facial-recognition surveillance. Rwanda approved new cybersecurity and data protection measures in the African Union Convention. Concerns over the potential weakness of the California Consumer Privacy Act are rising. And the ... Read More

Global News Roundup — June 24–July 1, 2019

(Jul 1, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, discussions on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield are set to ramp up. Google is being accused of privacy violations with lawsuits in France and the U.S. A Massachusetts city joined San Francisco in banning government facial-recognition surveillance. Rwanda approved new cybersecurity and data protection measures in the African Union Convention. Concerns over the potential weakness of the California Consumer Privacy Act are rising. And the IAPP’s ... Read More