Changes to Federal Common Rule delayed

(Jan 22, 2018) Updates to the Federal Common Rule were slated to go into effect last Friday, but were put on hold for the next six months. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the agency and 15 other federal departments announced an Interim Final Rule that delays the effective date of revisions to the "Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects" until July 19. The press release did not explain why the changes were delayed. In comments provided to the Dail... Read More

Roundup: Czech Republic, Poland, Qatar, US and more

(Jan 22, 2018) The government of the Czech Republic has announced it will ramp up efforts to complete legislation to enact the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Poland’s Ministry of Digitalization is a step closer to its GDPR enactment law. Qatar has issued an extension for compliance with the country’s data protection law. And in the U.S., President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill renewing Section 702 surveillance; changes to the Common Rule have been delayed by six months; Oregon lawmakers plan ... Read More

President Trump signs Section 702 reauthorization bill

(Jan 22, 2018) President Donald Trump signed the bill reauthorizing Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Reuters reports. Following Trump’s signature, Section 702 has been renewed for six years, with minimal changes made to the program used by the National Security Agency to gather information on targets overseas. Attempts by privacy advocates to bring changes to the NSA program, which also collects communication data belonging to American citizens, were unsuccessful. Critics of the progra... Read More

GDPR a boon to privacy pros, software companies

(Jan 22, 2018) As the EU General Data Protection Regulation implementation date draws closer, software companies and privacy professionals have become hot commodities as organizations ensure they are compliant with the rules, Reuters reports. The GDPR has led to an increase in roles for lawyers advising on compliance and cybersecurity, while software companies have been developing products to help organizations map their data. As the march toward the GDPR continues, organizations still need to be cautious. “Ev... Read More

Tech companies, lawmakers among Microsoft supporters in Supreme Court case

(Jan 22, 2018) Tech companies, members of Congress, and media organizations are among the 288 signatories of 23 amicus briefs filed in support of Microsoft in its case against the U.S. Department of Justice, eWeek reports. The case, soon to be heard in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, has been a back-and-forth affair over whether Microsoft must turn over emails located on servers in Ireland. Apple, Amazon, and Google are among the tech companies who signed the briefs, joining media organizations such as The As... Read More

Security concerns raised over Chinese tech firms

(Jan 22, 2018) The Hill reports on a continued effort by lawmakers to restrict Chinese companies from contracting with the U.S. market, citing national security concerns. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who introduced legislation earlier this month that would block Chinese tech firm Huawei from contracting with U.S companies, said, “We don’t want undisclosed back doors into our systems,” adding, “The relationship those companies have with different Chinese intelligence agencies themselves and their government — it... Read More

Judge finds no privacy violation in South Dakota love-affair lawsuit

(Jan 22, 2018) A federal judge ruled that a woman's privacy was not violated after a man sent her evidence that her husband was having an affair with his wife, Traci, The Associated Press reports. The judge decided that the woman, Virginia Flaum, did not have an expectation of privacy in the messages sent between her husband and Richard Hylland's wife, writing, "A reasonable person would not find that Richard committed a highly offensive intrusion into Virginia's seclusion by reading text messages and emails t... Read More

Global News Roundup — Jan. 15-22, 2018

(Jan 22, 2018) The government of the Czech Republic has announced it will ramp up efforts to complete legislation to enact the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Poland’s Ministry of Digitalization is a step closer to its GDPR enactment law. Qatar has issued an extension for compliance with the country’s data protection law. And in the U.S., President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill renewing Section 702 surveillance; changes to the Common Rule have been delayed by six months; Oregon lawmakers plan ... Read More

Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, Jan. 19, 2018

(Jan 19, 2018) Greetings from Portsmouth, NH! The social media flavor of the week, at least here in the U.S., involved facial recognition and high art. Yes, if you're on Facebook, you likely tried out or saw your friends and long-lost cousin share a selfie and a corresponding portrait from a famous work of art. Google's Arts & Culture app became the number one free app in the Apple and Google Play app stores last weekend, and judging by all the matches I saw in my own Newsfeed, a lot of my connections t... Read More