Roundup: Egypt, Spain, Vietnam, US and more

(Oct 15, 2018) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about the Egyptian Parliament's newly proposed data protection law, Spain's soon-to-be-published law addressing digital legacies, and data protection implications of the newly formed trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada. Vietnam has said it plans to move forward with enforcement of its new law, despite objections from industry. Also, learn about the new members of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversigh... Read More

Global News Roundup — Oct. 9–15, 2018

(Oct 15, 2018) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about the Egyptian Parliament's newly proposed data protection law, Spain's soon-to-be-published law addressing digital legacies, and data protection implications of the newly formed trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada. Vietnam has said it plans to move forward with enforcement of its new law, despite objections from industry. Also, learn about the new members of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversigh... Read More

Notes from the iappANZ, 12 Oct. 2018

(Oct 11, 2018) Hello, folks. The deadline to submit inputs on India’s draft Personal Data Protection Bill ended yesterday. Now the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has this monumental task of sifting through possibly hundreds of inputs to make appropriate changes to the draft bill, with speculations that it will be tabled in the winter session of the Parliament. But the process is elaborate, and a lot of ground needs to be covered before the draft bill becomes the act. With general elections... Read More

NZ customs requirement raises privacy concerns of 'digital strip-searches'

(Oct 11, 2018) Quartz reports on a new requirement in New Zealand that took effect Oct.1 imposing a significant fine on travelers who refuse to disclose their device passwords to customs officials at the border. While officials have long been able to request passwords for electronic devices, the Customs and Excise Act 2018 imposes a NZ$5,000 fine for those who refuse. Concerns have been raised that the cost of personal privacy outweighs any good created by the requirement, causing some to call the legislation ... Read More

New regulation could raise concerns for data privacy in China

(Oct 11, 2018) In China, a new regulation will allow central and local police to inspect internet service providers and users, the South China Morning Post reports. Effective Nov. 1, the regulation will allow a broad authority to perform on-site inspections and remote detection. Wu Han, a partner at law firm King and Wood Mallesons in Beijing, said that while regulation does not necessarily change the government's ability to conduct searches, he added, "But the cybersecurity law is ambiguous on whether such ‘s... Read More

Vietnam moves forward with data law

(Oct 10, 2018) Reuters reports Vietnam plans to enforce its new data law despite objections from tech companies and other groups. The law requires companies to set up offices and store data within the country if they seek to process citizens’ personal information. Facebook, Google and other tech companies hoped the draft decree on the law’s implementation would relax provisions they found most troublesome; however, documents seen by Reuters indicate those sections remain intact. The draft decree is expected to... Read More