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UK Company Fined For Buying And Selling Non-Compliant Marketing Databases

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which enforces data protection legislation in the UK, has fined a company £20,000 (approximately 24,000 USD / 23,000 EUR) for not exercising sufficient due diligence when buying and using marketing databases. The ICO found that over 580,000 individuals’ contact details had been obtained by The Data Supply Company Ltd … Continue Reading

Italian DPA Issues Record Data Privacy Fine

By Luca Tosoni and Dan Cooper On 2 February 2017, the Italian DPA (“Garante”) imposed a record fine of 5,880,000 Euros on a UK company operating in Italy for its violation of the data privacy consent rules contained in Italian law.  This is the largest data privacy fine ever issued by a European data protection … Continue Reading

UK Information Commissioner’s Office Publishes Draft Guidance on Consent under the GDPR

By Dan Cooper and Rosie Klement On March 2, 2017, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) released draft guidance for UK organizations on how the notion of consent will be interpreted and applied when the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) comes into force in May 2018. The ICO is currently engaging in a public consultation on … Continue Reading

Cross-Border Data Transfer: A China Perspective

When China’s new Cybersecurity Law takes effect on June 1, 2017, China will become another important jurisdiction to watch in the international data transfer space. Before the new Cybersecurity  Law officially was promulgated on November 7, 2016, cross-border data transfer of data from China was largely unregulated by the government.  While many Chinese laws and … Continue Reading

Senators Seek Answers from DHS on Privacy Aspects of Trump Order, Including Privacy Shield

On February 9, 2017, six Democratic senators wrote to DHS Secretary John Kelly about their concerns over a Trump executive order that would remove Privacy Act protections for non-U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Senators Ed Markey (MA), Ron Wyden (OR), Jeff Merkley (OR), Al Franken (MN), Chris Coons (DE), and Mazie Hirono (HI) wrote … Continue Reading

“Cybersecurity Review” Takes Shape in China

When China’s Cybersecurity Law was enacted last November, one question (among many) that surfaced was how the government would implement the “national security review” that the law requires for certain network products and services.  The law, which takes effect this June, provides that any network products and services that might affect national security procured by … Continue Reading

European Commission Dismisses Privacy Shield Concerns Over Trump Executive Order

On January 25, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the U.S.  Among other elements, the Executive Order directs U.S. government agencies to “ensure that their privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy … Continue Reading

Switzerland and US Announce New Commercial Data Transfer Framework

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced the adoption of a Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield, to replace the existing Swiss-U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement.  Companies have a three month grace period to switch from the old to the new regime. The Swiss version of the Privacy Shield had to be negotiated following the invalidation … Continue Reading

EU Commissioner Plans to Assess U.S. Privacy Shield Commitments

In an interview with Politico (link requires a subscription), EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová, one of the principal architects of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, indicated that she plans to visit the U.S. once the Trump Administration is in place to assess the state of the new administration’s commitment to the Privacy Shield.  In the interview, … Continue Reading

European Commission Unveils Data Economy Package: International Data Transfers

On January 10, 2017, the European Commission unveiled the “last major Digital Single Market initiatives” addressing Europe’s digital future.  These initiatives comprise the following: A proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (E-Privacy Regulation) (see our post here); A Communication on “Building a European Data Economy” (see our post here); and A Communication … Continue Reading

European Commission Unveils Data Economy Package: “Building a European Data Economy”

On January 10, 2017, the European Commission unveiled the “last major Digital Single Market initiatives” addressing Europe’s digital future.  These initiatives comprise the following: A proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (E-Privacy Regulation) (see our post here); A Communication on “Building a European Data Economy”; and A Communication on exchanging and protecting … Continue Reading

European Commission Unveils Data Economy Package: E-Privacy Regulation

On January 10, 2017, the European Commission unveiled the “last major Digital Single Market initiatives” addressing Europe’s digital future.  These initiatives comprise the following: A proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (E-Privacy Regulation) ; A Communication on “Building a European Data Economy” (see our post here); and A Communication on exchanging and … Continue Reading

CJEU Confirms That National Data Retention Laws May Only Be Adopted Where “Strictly Necessary”

By Joseph Jones, Phil Bradley-Schmieg and Gemma Nash On December 21, 2016 the Court of Justice of European Union (“CJEU”) issued its judgment in Joined Cases C-203/15 and C-698/15, Tele2 /Watson. The decision considered the legality of UK and Swedish laws permitting the generalized retention of communications metadata (for 6-12 months) for the purposes of … Continue Reading

China’s New Draft National Standards on Personal Information Protection

In our previous post, we discussed seven draft cybersecurity and data protection national standards released by China’s National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee (“NISSTC”), a standard-setting committee jointly supervised by the Standardization Administration of China (“SAC”) and the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”), on December 21, 2016. “Information Security Technology – Personal Information Security Specification” … Continue Reading

China Seeks Comment on Seven Draft Cybersecurity and Data Privacy National Standards

By Tim Stratford and Yan Luo China’s National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee (“NISSTC”), a standard-setting committee jointly supervised by the Standardization Administration of China (“SAC”) and the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”), released seven draft national standards related to cybersecurity and data privacy for public comment on December 21, 2016.  The public comment period … Continue Reading

New EU GDPR Guidance: Data Portability, Data Protection Officers, and the One Stop Shop

The Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) – the representatives of national data protection regulators in the EU – has issued new guidance on three important aspects of the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which comes into force in May 2018. This first salvo of GDPR-focused guidance concerns: the new “Right to Data Portability”, an … Continue Reading

Ashley Madison Settles Data Security and Deception Charges

The FTC announced today that it has reached a settlement with the operators of AshleyMadison.com (Ashley Madison) for alleged data security deficiencies and deceptive trade practices.  According to the FTC, Ashley Madison, a dating website for married individuals, was hacked in July 2015, leading to the release of 36 million users’ account and profile information.  … Continue Reading

The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity Releases Its Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy

On December 1, 2016, the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity released its Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. In its Report, the Commission, established in February 2016 by President Obama, provided detailed short- and long-term recommendations to strengthen cybersecurity in the public and private sectors. The Commission took a multi-stakeholder approach, emphasizing the … Continue Reading

European Parliament Approves EU-U.S. Umbrella Agreement

Yesterday, the European Parliament voted to approve the EU-U.S. Umbrella Agreement, a framework for the exchange of personal data for law-enforcement (including anti-terrorism) purposes between the EU and U.S.  As we previously explained, negotiations on this Agreement have been underway for quite some time, with the European Parliament first calling for it back in March … Continue Reading

LinkedIn Blocked in Russia Following Breach of Data Localization Laws

By Ezra Steinhardt and Gemma Nash On November 11, 2016, a Russian court in Moscow upheld the decision of an earlier court to block online access to the website LinkedIn throughout Russia.  This decision, which affirms a decision to penalize LinkedIn by the Russian data protection regulator, the Roskomnadzor, was based on the court’s view that … Continue Reading

Challenge to EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Lands at EU Court

On September 16, 2016, Digital Rights Ireland (“DRI”), a digital rights advocacy group, lodged an action with the EU General Court for annulment of the European Commission’s Decision on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield arrangement.  While the existence of the application has only recently become public knowledge, it was widely-expected that the Privacy Shield would face … Continue Reading

China Issues Draft Regulations on Protecting Minors in Cyberspace

China’s top internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”), continues to show interest in setting more stringent rules governing the protection of minors in the context of online activities and data privacy. Immediately prior to the October holiday, CAC released for public comment new draft regulations aimed at protecting minors on the Internet, the … Continue Reading
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