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COVID-19: Business as Usual for Data Privacy Compliance in the UK and the EU?
COVID-19 has undoubtedly already had a massive effect on businesses: it has affected how they operate, where they operate and, in some unfortunate instances, whether they operate at all. But has it affected how they comply with the law?
PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Location Privacy in a Crisis—Considerations for Businesses
The fight against COVID-19 has gone mobile. Israel has approved emergency regulations to use smartphone location histories to warn people about potential COVID-19 exposure and enforce self-quarantines. South Korea’s epidemiological surveys are using individual GPS data to confirm interview details and notify the public of confirmed cases through mobile alerts. There are press reports of the Trump Administration exploring the value of location data in combating the spread of the virus.
PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: The Cybersecurity Implications of an Entire Organization Working from Home
As organizations continue to monitor the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”), many have announced work-from-home (“telework”) policies to mitigate the spread of the outbreak. The scope and speed at which entire workforces have gone remote pose complex challenges for organizations that may not be prepared for, nor maintain the hardware or software to accommodate, a wholly remote operation. Most companies were not built for this, and need to ensure their surge migration to remote working is executed securely.
PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Data Protection Issues
In taking steps to protect their businesses and workforces from COVID-19, companies must be mindful that employee health and medical information is subject to privacy protections. We outline below the U.S. legal framework and how it applies to likely workplace scenarios involving COVID-19. We also highlight a disturbing rise in fraud schemes preying on employee concern over COVID-19, mostly involving phishing scams.
Proposed Rules: California Releases Much Anticipated Revisions to CCPA Regulations
The California Attorney General has issued long-awaited modified proposed regulations (“Proposed Rules”) implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) on February 7 and February 10, 2020, which contain a number of material modifications to the previously released October 2019 draft regulations.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission Articulates a Strengthened Approach to Data Security Orders
In a January 6, 2020 blog post, Director of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Bureau of Consumer Protection, Andrew Smith, outlined the agency’s evolving approach toward data security enforcement, as evidenced by seven data security orders issued in 2019.
Has the Advocate General Just Given Many Businesses an Early Christmas Present?
In a press release issued this morning, Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe, has confirmed that, in his opinion, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“Court of Justice”) should declare the Commission Decision (2010/87/EU) on standard contractual clauses (“SCCs”) for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries as valid.
Brexit Update – What Does This Mean for Data Privacy?
Since our last update on the effects of Brexit on data privacy, we have seen an immense flurry of activity and controversy around Brexit.
CCPA Text Integrating Newly Passed Amendments
As discussed in our previous blog post, the California Legislature recently passed a series of amendments to the CCPA.
The Right to be Forgotten Held to Apply Only to Europe in Landmark European Court of Justice Decision
In a decision published earlier this week, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) held that the geographic scope of the European privacy right referred to as “the right to be forgotten” need only extend across European Union (“EU”) member states.
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