Roundup: Australia, China, EU, Kazakhstan, Turkey, US and more

(Jul 22, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has voted on a slew of privacy settlements, including ones with Equifax, Facebook and Google-owned YouTube. The FTC is also preparing to make amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The Council of the European Union is set to review the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Turkey’s Personal Data Protection Board filed decision summaries on a handful of cases. A review of Australia’s... Read More

Global News Roundup — July 15–22, 2019

(Jul 22, 2019) In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, along with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and all 50 U.S. states, settled with Equifax for $575 million related to its 2017 data breach. Separately, the FTC voted 3-2 to fine Facebook $5 billion, though the Department of Justice is reviewing the proposed settlement. The FTC is also preparing to make amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and is expected to settle with ... Read More

Perspective: Why EU privacy pros need to know about Turkey's data protection law

(Jul 3, 2019) At last year’s IAPP Europe’s Data Protection Congress in Brussels, MarşanErezTuran Founding Partner Serhat Turan, CIPP/E, was asked repeatedly if Turkey had a data protection law in place. The Turkish DPL has been in force since 2016, but Turkish citizens were unaware of the law until 2017. In this piece for Privacy Perspectives, Turan explores some of the underlying reasons the EU may be unaware of the Turkish DPL.Full Story... Read More

Why the EU should be more aware of Turkish data protection law

(Jun 25, 2019) Last year was the first time I attended IAPP Europe's Data Protection Congress in Brussels, and my first impressions were of how many people were overwhelmed by the storm of the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the uncertain future of Brexit. As a Turkish lawyer, I was asked repeatedly why I was there and if Turkey has a data protection law. There were sessions about third countries, including the Latin American countries, India, Japan and the U.S., but none on Turkey. It seems many pe... Read More

Egypt passes first data protection law

(Jun 24, 2019) Legislators in Egypt have passed the country’s first data protection law, Daily News Egypt reports. The laws will protect the information of Egyptian citizens, as well as European Union citizens who are in the country. Companies are required to obtain consent before any personal data can be collected, processed or disclosed. Any organization found to have violated the rules faces “[no] less than three months” of imprisonment and fines that can range from EGP 100,000 to EGP 1 million. Any entity ... Read More

The 'missing women' in data protection reporting

(Jun 13, 2019) Virtually everything we do these days is recorded digitally. Like this, share this, pay here — all these actions are stored as data, combined, analyzed and built into profiles whether we are aware of this or not. Some is data we supply, some is data collected about us, and some is data generated about us. In the midst of all this data, it can come as a surprise to learn there are gaps. A case in point is data on women, or rather, the absence of data about women. Caroline Criado-Perez in "Invisi... Read More

Roundup: Australia, Egypt, US and more

(Mar 25, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about Australia’s proposed changes to the Privacy Act that would increase penalties and funding. Egypt approves a draft law proposed by the government to protect personal data that aims to implement articles of the country’s constitution regarding the protection of privacy. In Utah, legislators pass legislation in support of new privacy laws that would protect electronic data stored with third parties from government access. (IAPP m... Read More

Global News Roundup — March 18–25, 2019

(Mar 25, 2019) In this week's Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about Australia’s proposed changes to the Privacy Act that would increase penalties and funding. Egypt approves a draft law proposed by the government to protect personal data that aims to implement articles of the country’s constitution regarding the protection of privacy. In Utah, legislators pass legislation in support of new privacy laws that would protect electronic data stored with third parties from government access. LATEST... 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