The IAPP's top-5 most-read stories since Feb. 10, 2020

(Feb 14, 2020) We know, there's lots of privacy news, guidance and documentation to keep up with every day. And we also know, you're busy doing all the things required of the modern privacy professional. Sure, we distill the latest news and relevant content down in the Daily Dashboard and our weekly regional digests, but sometimes that's even too much. To help, we offer our top-five most-read stories for the week of Feb. 10.Full Story... Read More

The top-5 most-read stories for the week of Feb. 10, 2020

(Feb 14, 2020) We know, there's lots of privacy news, guidance and documentation to keep up with every day. And we also know, you're busy doing all the things required of the modern privacy professional. Sure, we distill the latest news and relevant content down in the Daily Dashboard and our weekly regional digests, but sometimes, that's even too much. To help, we offer our top-five most-read stories of the week. Privacy Tracker: "CCPA proposed modified regs 2.0 issued in Calif.," by DLA Piper's Jim Halper... Read More

Irish agency uses facial recognition for PSC program

(Feb 13, 2020) Ireland's Department of Social Protection has acknowledged its Public Service Cards Program employs facial-recognition images, The Irish Times reports. An updated privacy statement from the department revealed biometric processing of photographs is used to detect welfare fraud. The use of the facial-recognition database was not previously disclosed. FP Logue Principal Fred Logue said the creation and use of a biometric database is "very risky," adding the benefits for the Department of Social Pr... Read More

Sen. Gillibrand proposes bill to establish federal data protection agency

(Feb 13, 2020) In a piece for Medium, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced she proposed a bill that would establish a federal data protection agency. The agency would be tasked with enforcing data protection rules to ensure citizens have control over their own data, balance fair competition within the digital marketplace while maintaining innovation in tech, and “prepare the American government for the digital age.” Meanwhile, Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., proposed a bill that... Read More

EDPS discusses DPA obligations with AI

(Feb 13, 2020) In a blog post on his office's website, European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski discussed the role of data protection authorities as it relates to data protection and artificial intelligence. Wiewiórowski wrote that January meetings with DPAs "exceeded all our expectations" in regards to productivity, noting the consensus view on any action against AI should focus on "expertise, values and collaboration." Wiewiórowski added the EDPS will roll out a survey to map the use of AI b... Read More

DPAs discuss priorities at DPI: France

(Feb 12, 2020) Regulatory priorities were the inaugural topic du jour in Paris at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive: France. CNIL President Marie-Laure Denis outlined her agency’s aims during her keynote address Wednesday morning. A follow-up panel featuring representatives from the CNIL, Irish Data Protection Commission and Germany’s Hesse Data Protection Authority covered ongoing investigations and the influx of complaints received since the EU General Data Protection Regulation came into force. IAPP... Read More

DPAs talk priorities at IAPP Europe DPI: France

(Feb 12, 2020) Regulatory priorities were the inaugural topic du jour here in Paris at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive: France. CNIL President Marie-Laure Denis outlined her agency's aims during her keynote address Wednesday morning.  Online advertising and cookies are a focus for the CNIL right now, she said, noting the data protection authority currently has a draft recommendation open for public consultation, which includes modalities for obtaining consent. Denis said a final recommendation shoul... Read More

CCPA proposed modified regs 2.0 issued in Calif.

(Feb 11, 2020) On Feb. 7, the Office of the Attorney General of California issued a second draft of its California Consumer Privacy Act regulations, quickly fixed an omission from that draft Feb. 10, and set a Feb. 25 deadline for written comments. While "Version 2.0" of the regulations scales back several of the ways the first version exceeded the plain language of the statute, it keeps the do-not-sell signal requirement and adds proposed restrictions on service provider handling of personal information.  De... Read More

DOJ charges Chinese hackers for 2017 Equifax breach

(Feb 10, 2020) The U.S. Department of Justice has announced four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army have been charged in relation to the 2017 Equifax data breach. The charges include computer fraud, economic espionage and wire fraud related to their unauthorized access to the Equifax database containing the personal information of at least 145 million Americans. "This was a deliberate and sweeping intrusion into the private information of the American people," U.S. Attorney General William Barr sa... Read More

House committee chair opposes federal moratorium on facial recognition

(Feb 7, 2020) The Hill reports U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., discussed concerns regarding a bipartisan proposal for a federal facial-recognition moratorium. Following a facial-recognition hearing Thursday, Thompson said he wants to develop facial-recognition safeguards to "assure the public that this is not an invasive technology," but added he is not "on a moratorium route" as much as "on the route to get us to (100% accuracy)." Meanwhile, federal agencies are... Read More