Australian telecom bill gets ACLEI backing

(Apr 9, 2020) ZDNet reports the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity formally voiced its support for the pending Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020. In its comments to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security regarding the bill, ACLEI said the law "will be effective in achieving the aims of facilitating access to valuable data for the use in law enforcement investigations while ensuring safeguards are in place." ACLEI's com... Read More

Data protection frameworks emerging in the BRICS countries

(Apr 9, 2020) The members of the so-called BRICS grouping (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have realized that digital transformation is an essential element for the future of their economies and societies. In this perspective, data protection becomes a key priority to foster thriving digital environments, where individuals enjoy protections and businesses benefit from legal certainty.    Given the remarkable economic and strategic value that personal data has acquired, the regulation of this “... Read More

A look at the BRICS countries' data protection frameworks

(Apr 9, 2020) The members of the so-called BRICS grouping, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have realized that digital transformation is an essential element for the future of their economies and societies. In this piece for Privacy Tracker, Head of CyberBRICS Luca Belli writes about how the project has "started the first initiative to develop comparative and systematized analyses of the digital policies developed by BRICS countries," as well as the results of its initial probe.Fu... Read More

Senado canadiense aprueba T-MEC

(Apr 7, 2020) El Senado canadiense aprobó, el viernes 13 de marzo de 2020, la ley de implementación del Tratado entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC, por sus siglas). Respecto de este acontecimiento, se puede destacar que la Cámara de los Comunes de Canadá aprobó el T-MEC de forma unánime y que, con esta aprobación, se concluye el proceso legislativo. El T-MEC, que contiene un capítulo de comercio digital donde se establecen reglas para regular el flujo transfronterizo de datos personales, entrará en ... Read More

FTC approves settlement over Privacy Shield misrepresentation

(Mar 24, 2020) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced it has given final approval to a settlement with T&M Protection Resources over allegations it misrepresented its participation and compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. The agency alleged T&M continued to claim participation with Privacy Shield after its certification lapsed. As part of the settlement, T&M is prohibited from misrepresenting its participation in Privacy Shield or any other government-sponsored privacy program... Read More

NCC Group tabbed APEC CBPR Accountability Agent

(Mar 23, 2020) According to Hunton Andrews Kurth's Privacy & Information Security Law Blog, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration announced NCC Group has been approved as a U.S. Accountability Agent under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Privacy Rules program. NCC Group joins TrustArc and Schellman as U.S. agents that assess and certify APEC CBPR compliance. Editor's note: IAPP Staff Writer Joe Duball wrote about the process to become an APEC CBPR Accountabi... Read More

EU's Brexit draft treaty sent to UK

(Mar 19, 2020) The European Union's draft treaty for Brexit negotiation demands has officially been sent to the U.K. The 440-page document is broken down into six parts, including common provisions and areas of trade. It also has several sections devoted to data protection and privacy, as well as references to the EU General Data Protection Regulation. "The Parties affirm their commitment to ensuring a high level of personal data protection and shall endeavour to work together to promote high international sta... Read More

Draft treaty lists EU’s Brexit demands

(Mar 16, 2020) A leaked draft treaty lists the European Union's demands for the U.K. before the next round of negotiations for a deal on Brexit, the Guardian reports. The 441-page document states the U.K. will have to guarantee "uniform implementation" of subsidy rules, while the Court of Justice of the European Union will hand down rulings to British courts. Meanwhile, the British government released a document highlighting its legal frameworks as it seeks adequacy with the EU.Full Story... Read More

'Privacy 2040' initiative seeks to balance innovation, privacy

(Mar 9, 2020) The growing tension between technological innovation and efforts to safeguard privacy is more visible than ever in today’s data economy. Hogan Lovells is launching what it hopes will be a solution for that tension: "Privacy 2040." The initiative calls for businesses, policymakers and regulators to collaborate in developing frameworks that support innovation and responsible, forward-thinking privacy and cybersecurity practices. IAPP Staff Writer Jennifer Bryant spoke with Hogan Lovells Privacy an... Read More

On balancing personal privacy with public interest

(Mar 6, 2020) It's hard to imagine going through a day right now without thinking about COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. You likely already know the basic facts: It appears to have originated in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China; the disease can cause severe illness in people, including death, though, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, serious illness occurs in only 16% of cases; the disease is rapidly spreading around the world; and there's still a lot of unknowns su... Read More