Yes, Canada could lose its adequacy standing

(Jul 19, 2017) In the June 27, 2017, issue of The Privacy Advisor, Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, wrote an excellent and highly relevant article entitled, "Could Canada lose its adequacy standing?" The question is, in my view, so pressing that it needs reiterating. I would like to support Chiavetta’s reporting with additional information from my conversations with European regulators and with Canadian government officials to highlight the risk to Canada's adequacy on two fronts: the increased rigour of the adequacy... Read More

Bernier warns Canada could lose EU adequacy standing

(Jul 19, 2017) In response to a recent report in The Privacy Advisor, former Assistant and Interim Privacy Commissioner of Canada Chantal Bernier warns that Canada could very well lose its EU adequacy standing. Based on her conversations with European regulators and Canadian government officials, Bernier says there is a risk to the Canadian adequacy status "on two fronts: the increased rigour of the adequacy process under the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the apparent complacency of the government ... Read More

Silicon Valley mostly silent on US surveillance reform, Privacy Shield a concern

(Jul 19, 2017) Reuters reports Silicon Valley–based tech companies have mostly stayed out of surveillance reform lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill. Section 702, a portion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that allows the U.S. National Security Agency to collect and analyze digital communications of foreigners, will expire at the end of the year. U.S. companies, the report states, are concerned getting involved could jeopardize the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement, though Reform Government Surveillanc... Read More

Post-Brexit data transfer details lacking, House of Lords warns

(Jul 18, 2017) A new report from the U.K. House of Lords' EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee says plans for data transfers post-Brexit are lacking in detail and could hurt the U.K.'s economy and law enforcement, the Financial Times reports. "The U.K. could be put at a competitive disadvantage and the police could lose access to information and intelligence mechanisms," the committee warned. It also noted that nearly half the U.K.'s trade in services is "enabled by digital technologies and the associated data flows"... Read More

LIBE Committee coming to DC to discuss Privacy Shield, data privacy

(Jul 14, 2017) A delegation from the European Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will be visiting Washington, D.C., from July 17 to 21 to discuss several topics related to the protection of data privacy. The committee will be meeting with several U.S. agencies, including the Departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security, and the Federal Trade Commission. The LIBE Committee will speak with the agencies about the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement, digital privacy and electronic... Read More

How will the GDPR affect Australia?

(Jul 13, 2017) ZDNet reports on the effects the EU General Data Protection Regulation will have on Australian organizations. While speaking at the Data + Privacy Asia Pacific conference, Australian Privacy and Information Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim said organizations should have a data protection officer if they are trading with the European Union, despite the fact Australian law does not mandate the need for the position. Pilgrim also said Australian businesses should ensure they are compliant with the coun... Read More

Apple announces new data center in China

(Jul 12, 2017) In an effort to comply with China’s new cybersecurity regulations introduced last month, Apple announced the opening of its first Chinese-based data center, which will operate with a local data management company, The New York Times reports. China's new Cybersecurity Law has been criticized for vague wording, leaving many to wonder how regulations will be enforced. Apple insists that there will be “strong data privacy and security protections in place.” Apple’s local partnership is thought to be... Read More

EEA adopts EU-US Privacy Shield

(Jul 11, 2017) The European Economic Area Joint Committee has formally adopted a decision to incorporate the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield adequacy decision into the EEA Agreement, which recognizes the framework as a valid mechanism to transfer data from EEA member states to the U.S. This will include Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The text of the decision will also be published in the Icelandic and Norwegian languages in the EEA Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union. The decision entered into ... Read More

Heads of Japan, European Commission issue joint declaration on data protection

(Jul 7, 2017) In a news release, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker issued a joint declaration on the free flow of information and the significance of protecting data between the two regions. "We stress the importance of ensuring a high level of privacy and security of personal data as a fundamental right and as a central factor of consumer trust in the digital economy, which also further facilitates mutual data flows, leading to the development of digital ec... Read More

Digital rights groups push back against EU-US Privacy Shield

(Jul 7, 2017) In a detailed letter, digital rights advocacy group Access Now urges the European Commission to push the U.S. for more surveillance reform through the upcoming EU-U.S. Privacy Shield review. Though the free movement of data around the world is important, "these arrangements must comply with international and European human rights law, including on data protection," the letter states. "In order to ensure that this is the case, the European Commission should subject the Privacy Shield and U.S. pra... Read More