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The European Commission set to take the next step towards cyber regulation
The Cybersecurity Act (the “Act”) will come into effect in Europe on 27 June 2019. The threat of cybercrime and the risks relating to cybersecurity are undoubtedly on the rise. One of the key drivers behind the Act was said to be to help individuals build trust in the devices they use every day, with the idea being that cybersecurity becomes simply another factor consumers take into account when choosing their device - alongside the usual considerations such as price, durability and appearance. This mirrors one of the key drivers behind the GDPR: individuals being given more control over how their personal data is processed.
FTC Zeroes in on False Claims of Certified Participation in Cross-Border Privacy Frameworks
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced last week that it has issued a warning letter to more than a dozen unnamed companies for misrepresenting—on their websites, privacy policies, and other public statements—that they are certified participants in the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor agreements.
EU Commission Determined To Raise Awareness of GDPR Among EU Data Subjects
The European authorities want to encourage individuals to take control over the use of their personal data – and, it seems, stop tech companies (be they mobile app providers, internet service providers and social media companies) from gathering excessive amounts of personal data.
UK Information Commissioner calls time on GDPR non-compliance
The message is clear – any unwritten grace period for compliance is over. It is no longer enough for companies to say they will or are taking steps to comply; the accountability principle is live – you either comply or risk being caught out and subject to the sanctions that the regulators are not afraid to impose.
Brexit Update – What does this mean for data privacy?
On 29 March 2019, MPs in the UK rejected the government’s Withdrawal Agreement with a vote of 344 to 286, a margin of 58. This means the UK has missed an EU deadline to delay Brexit to 22 May and faces a new deadline of 12 April to come up with a way forward or leave without a deal.
FTC Proposes to Ramp Up Data Security Obligations on Financial Institutions
Amid amplified calls for a national data privacy standard, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced proposed amendments to the Safeguards Rule under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (“GLBA”) for financial services—inviting both praise and concern from industry experts.
The EU-US Privacy Shield Lives to Fight Another Day
The European Commission published its second annual review of the Privacy Shield agreement today, largely repeating what it said last year, that the regime is “ok” but could be better. It confirmed that it was happy the US ensures an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred under the arrangement, and has made some improvements, but progress is slow and there is more work to do.
California to Europe: We Want To Be More Like You
The Privacy Act, which mandates several similar requirements to the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) that took effect in late May in the European Union, will have a substantial impact on the way companies store, share, disclose, process, and engage with consumer data in the United States.
European Parliament Votes to Suspend EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
On July 5, 2018, the Members of European Parliament (MEP) passed a non-binding resolution, 303 to 223 votes, with 29 abstentions to suspend the Privacy Shield Framework (“Privacy Shield”) “unless the U.S. is fully compliant” by September 1, 2018.
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