Implementation of South Africa’s data privacy law delayed

(Apr 1, 2020) The April 1 scheduled implementation of South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act has been pushed back due to the COVID-19 epidemic, MyBroadband reports. A new implementation date has not yet been set. KnowBe4 Director of Data Privacy Lecio De Paula, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPM, FIP, said the legislation will have an implementation period of approximately one year. To ensure compliance, De Paula said businesses should conduct a privacy impact assessment to determine changes needed ... Read More

UN Special Rapporteur: South Africa ‘30 years behind’ on data privacy

(Mar 16, 2020) At a roundtable discussion on the state of privacy in South Africa, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy Joseph Cannataci said the country is “about 30 years behind” in implementing privacy laws, Mail & Guardian reports. While the country's Protection of Personal Information Act was signed in 2013, it goes into effect April 2020. Cannataci said South Africa should better staff the office of the information regulator to ensure privacy and data protection.Full Story... Read More

Roundup: Australia, Egypt, EU and US

(Mar 2, 2020) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, Jennifer Baker reports on the Croatian presidency's proposal for ePrivacy Regulation. In Egypt, the Parliament approved the Personal Data Protection Law. IAPP Staff Writer Joe Duball takes a look at the Uniform Law Commission's framework for creating cohesive privacy legislation in the U.S. Also in the U.S., the Washington Privacy Act has been amended and passed out of one committee, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra caution... Read More

Global News Roundup — Feb. 25–March 2, 2020

(Mar 2, 2020) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, Jennifer Baker reports on the Croatian presidency's proposal for ePrivacy Regulation. In Egypt, the Parliament approved the Personal Data Protection Law. IAPP Staff Writer Joe Duball takes a look at the Uniform Law Commission's framework for creating cohesive privacy legislation in the U.S. Also in the U.S., the Washington Privacy Act has been amended and passed out of one committee, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra caution... Read More

Parliament passes Egyptian privacy bill

(Feb 26, 2020) The Daily News of Egypt reports the Egyptian Parliament has approved proposed privacy legislation by a two-thirds majority vote. "In light of the technological development that we live in now, everyone’s data and information have become available everywhere, so it was necessary to have a law that protects the privacy of citizens," Egyptian Parliament Member Ahmed Rafaat said. Egypt Today also provided a breakdown of the proposed bill, which lays out penalties of a minimum of one year imprisonmen... Read More

Roundup: Canada, EU, Germany, Ireland, US and more

(Feb 18, 2020) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, a legal contingent from law firm DLA Piper breaks down the newest version of the California Consumer Privacy Act draft regulations. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., proposed the creation of a federal privacy agency, while fellow Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., proposed a temporary halt on government-used facial-recognition technology. The Hamburg Commission for Data Protection and Freedom of Information handed d... Read More

Global News Roundup — Feb. 10–18, 2020

(Feb 18, 2020) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, a legal contingent from law firm DLA Piper breaks down the newest version of the California Consumer Privacy Act draft regulations. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., proposed the creation of a federal privacy agency, while fellow Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., proposed a temporary halt on government-used facial-recognition technology. The Hamburg Commission for Data Protection and Freedom of Information handed d... Read More

Breach impacts 1.7M Nedbank users

(Feb 14, 2020) Personal details of 1.7 million Nedbank users were compromised in a breach at the South African financial services group, ZDNet reports. A hacker infiltrated a marketing contractor’s system in which user details, including names, ID numbers, addresses and phone numbers, were stored. The company said customers’ passwords and PINs were not affected, and the contractor’s network has been taken offline.Full Story... Read More

Regulation still requires president's signature

(Feb 13, 2020) The New Telegraph reports Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria President Remi Afon is calling on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation into law. The NDPR was passed by the National Assembly last May, but the legislation has been sitting with Buhari ever since. "One would have expected the president to act swiftly in signing the bill into law," Afon said.Full Story... Read More

Roundup: Canada, India and US

(Feb 3, 2020) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about the impact emerging U.S. privacy laws are having on the health care industry. Also in the U.S., bipartisan members of Congress said they continue to make progress on a federal privacy law, and Facebook reached a $550 million class-action settlement over violations of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Information Act. A group of Asia-Pacific company executives believes the framework for privacy legislation in India needs to be sol... Read More