Kenya approves data protection law

(Nov 11, 2019) Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed new data protection legislation, Reuters reports. The law is in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and will regulate the use, storage and sharing of personally identifiable information by organizations and government agencies. Those that violate the law will be subject to a maximum fine of 3 million shillings or a two-year jail sentence. The government will establish an independent office to police and investigate privacy violations.Ful... Read More

Roundup: India, Indonesia, EU, US and more

(Oct 28, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, the European Data Protection Supervisor offered an update into the investigation of EU institutions’ use of Microsoft products. Indonesia updated its Implementation of Electronic Transaction Systems. In the U.S., hearings were held on the viability of "data ownership" and the role of data privacy in competition, and U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., proposed a bill to give social media us... Read More

Global News Roundup — Oct. 21–25, 2019

(Oct 28, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, the European Data Protection Supervisor offered an update into the investigation of EU institutions’ use of Microsoft products. Indonesia updated its Implementation of Electronic Transaction Systems. In the U.S., hearings were held on the viability of "data ownership" and the role of data privacy in competition, and U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., proposed a bill to give social media us... Read More

Agency: Commission’s directive jibes with data protection regulation

(Oct 23, 2019) Nigeria's National Information Technology Development Agency has announced its approval of a directive to telecommunications providers from the Nigeria Communication Commission regarding call recordings. Following a media report citing privacy concerns with the directive, NITDA explored whether NCC's regulation, which called for telecoms to store call recordings and make them publicly accessible, went against the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation. The investigation found the directive was justi... Read More

South Africa's privacy law still a work in progress

(Oct 21, 2019) A study conducted by Comparitech names South Africa as one of the best countries in terms of protecting citizens’ privacy; however, professionals believe there is room for improvement, Daily Maverick reports. The major issue is that the country’s data privacy law, the Protection of Personal Information Act, has yet to go into effect. “The [POPIA] is not yet in force and South Africa’s privacy watchdog, the information regulator, doesn’t have legal powers yet and is operating on a skeleton staff,... Read More

Data privacy slowing cloud adoption by Nigerian businesses

(Oct 10, 2019) Data privacy and security concerns are barriers to the adoption of a public cloud in Nigeria, Punch reports. At a recent conference, speakers noted gaps in the current cybersecurity law have created barriers to prevent cyberattacks and data theft, and as a result, businesses are reluctant to shift to the cloud. “In some cases, huge amounts of data have been obtained from citizens of certain countries by governments of other countries without their permission. This is one more headache for the co... Read More

Roundup: China, Denmark, Germany, Greece, US and more

(Oct 7, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, IAPP Senior Westin Fellow Müge Fazlioglu, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, looks at the Court of Justice of the European Union’s highly anticipated ruling on the scope of consent requirements with respect to cookie compliance. Latham & Watkins Partner Tim Wybitul, CIPP/E, writes about a new EU General Data Protection Regulation fine structure in Germany. The Greek Parliament passed national legislation supplementing the GDPR. The Finnish Presidency ... Read More

Global News Roundup — Sept. 30–Oct. 7, 2019

(Oct 7, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, IAPP Senior Westin Fellow Müge Fazlioglu, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, looks at the Court of Justice of the European Union’s highly anticipated ruling on the scope of consent requirements with respect to cookie compliance. Latham & Watkins Partner Tim Wybitul, CIPP/E, writes about a new EU General Data Protection Regulation fine structure in Germany. The Greek Parliament passed national legislation supplementing the GDPR. The Finnish Presidency ... Read More

Global News Roundup — Sept. 16–23, 2019

(Sep 23, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, the Court of Justice of the European Union will rule on the right-to-be-forgotten Google case Sept. 24. The IAPP updated its "CCPA Amendment Tracker." Littler Mendelson's Philip Gordon, Kwabena Appenteng and Zoe Argento, CIPP/US, take a look how Assembly Bill 25 narrows application of CCPA to employers. Maynard, Cooper & Gale's Starr Drum, CIPP/E, CIPM, FIP, answers some frequently answered questions about the CCPA amendments. And IA... Read More

Roundup: Africa, India, EU, US and more

(Sep 23, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, the Court of Justice of the European Union will rule on the right-to-be-forgotten Google case Sept. 24. DLA Piper's Jim Halpert and Andrew Kingman and Pithy Privacy's Jacob Rubinstein offer further perspective into the CCPA. The IAPP updated its "CCPA Amendment Tracker." Littler Mendelson's Philip Gordon, Kwabena Appenteng and Zoe Argento, CIPP/US, take a look how Assembly Bill 25 narrows application of CCPA to employers. Maynard, Cooper... Read More