Kenya commits to developing data protection framework

(Feb 21, 2019) Kenya has announced a commitment to working with telecommunications companies and civil society advocates as it develops a data privacy and protection framework to safeguard mobile data, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation reports. Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data Regional Director for Africa Davis Adieno welcomed Kenya's commitment and added, “Many countries are grappling with similar issues, that’s why we are establishing an international working group with representatives of... Read More

Roundup: Kenya, Canada, EU, US and more

(Feb 19, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about Kenya's recently amended national ID law that will require citizens, immigrants and refugees to share their DNA, GPS coordinates and various biometric data before receiving identification documents. The Romanian Presidency of the Council of Europe has released amended text for the proposed ePrivacy Regulation. The Supreme Court of Canada found that students had a reasonable expectation of privacy, even if the school employs se... Read More

Global News Roundup — Feb. 12–19, 2019

(Feb 19, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about Kenya's recently amended national ID law that will require citizens, immigrants and refugees to share their DNA, GPS coordinates and various biometric data before receiving identification documents. The Romanian Presidency of the Council of Europe has released amended text for the proposed ePrivacy Regulation. The Supreme Court of Canada found that students had a reasonable expectation of privacy, even if the school employs se... Read More

Amendment to Kenya's ID law raises privacy concerns

(Feb 11, 2019) The Kenyan Parliament recently amended the country’s national ID law, requiring all citizens, immigrants and refugees to share their DNA, GPS coordinates and various biometric data before receiving identification documents, but it is unclear how the amendment would operate given the country’s constitutional right to privacy, Mozilla reports. Under the amendment, a National Integrated Identity Management System would consolidate the personal information in databases before generating a unique ide... Read More

Researcher alerts leading electricity company of data breach via Twitter

(Feb 6, 2019) A researcher revealed a data breach at South Africa’s state-owned electricity company, Eskom, which supplies nearly 95 percent of the region’s electricity and 45 percent throughout the continent, ZDNet reports. After attempting to alert the company to no avail, cybersecurity researcher Devin Stokes publicly tweeted screenshots of the breach, which included account IDs, service dates, meter information and some payment details. Separately, another user warned the company of a Trojan discovered on... Read More

Roundup: Ireland, Hong Kong, US and more

(Feb 4, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about news that the Irish Data Protection Commission announced it has launched an investigation into Twitter, as well as seven different investigations against Facebook. Hong Kong's privacy commissioner introduced plans to tighten data protection laws and called for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data to receive increased staffing to handle the increase in reported data breaches. In the U.S., California Attorney... Read More

Global News Roundup — Jan. 28–Feb. 4, 2019

(Feb 4, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about news that the Irish Data Protection Commission announced it has launched an investigation into Twitter, as well as seven different investigations against Facebook. Hong Kong's privacy commissioner introduced plans to tighten data protection laws and called for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data to receive increased staffing to handle the increase in reported data breaches. In the U.S., California Attorney... Read More

Roundup: EU, US, India and more

(Jan 14, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about recent legislative efforts in the U.S. to introduce state and federal privacy laws. Advocate-General Maciej Szpunar delivered his non-binding opinion to the Court of Justice of the European Union, advising that the court should rule in favor of limiting the scope of the right to be forgotten. In India, both the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018, and the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018, we... Read More

Global News Roundup — Jan. 2–14, 2019

(Jan 14, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about recent legislative efforts in the U.S. to introduce state and federal privacy laws. Advocate-General Maciej Szpunar delivered his non-binding opinion to the Court of Justice of the European Union, advising that court should rule in favor of limiting the scope of the right to be forgotten. In India, both the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018, and the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018, were i... Read More

Roundup: Australia, Czech Republic, Uganda, Senegal and more

(Dec 10, 2018) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about how Australia's Parliament passed a controversial bill mandating that technology companies assist the nation's law enforcement bypass encryption. In the Czech Republic, the lower house of Parliament introduced draft privacy legislation to bring the country in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation. In Uganda, Parliament announced it passed the Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2015. And in Senegal, the digital eco... Read More