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Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 9 January 2017

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the EU, Germany and the United States. EU New Regulation Proposed to Ensure Privacy in Electronic Communications Germany Bavarian Data Protection Authority Informs on Marketing in the GDPR Context … Continue Reading

Data Privacy – Commission changes existing decisions on standard contractual clauses and adequacy of third countries

In the aftermath of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (“CJEU”) judgment invalidating Safe Harbor, on 16 December 2016 the European Commission published two decisions, changing its previous decisions on standard contractual clauses (“SCC”) and adequacy decisions on third countries. Arguably, the amendments have been made in order to minimise the risk of … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 2 January 2017

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the UK and the USA. United Kingdom Investigatory Powers Act Challenged in Court of Justice for the European Union United States New York Department of Financial Services Issues Revised … Continue Reading

Video Surveillance in Public Areas – Lawful or Not?

After the brutal terror attacks in Berlin and Ansbach and the rampage in Munich last year, the German Government intends to allow video surveillance in public areas. Therefore, the German Government has presented a draft law that facilitates video surveillance for private operators of public areas and public events. More precisely, the Federal Data Protection … Continue Reading

New Year’s Resolution: Make Sure Privacy Policies are Followed and Opt-Out Procedures Work

A recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement is a reminder that companies should make sure that they live up to their privacy policies and that their opt-out procedures work as promised.  If not, the FTC is likely to claim that the company violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by engaging in unfair and deceptive … Continue Reading

CJEU – General Retention of Traffic and Location Data is Incompatible with EU Law

On 21 December 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued a new ruling interpreting national laws in the UK and Sweden which obligate telecommunications operators to engage in the bulk collection of metadata associated with various forms of data communications transmissions.  The issues were referred to the CJEU by the UK and … Continue Reading

Connected Toys Scrutinized Over Privacy and Security Weaknesses

Two connected toys, My Friend Cayla and i-Que robot, by Genesis have been receiving trans-Atlantic attention this month for alleged privacy, security and advertising law violations. On December 6, 2016, public interest organizations in the U.S. and European Union submitted complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and EU Data Protection Authorities (“DPAs”). The complaints … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 28 November 2016

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the UK, France and Germany. UK Investigatory Powers Act Given Royal Assent Information Commissioner’s Offce (ICO) Issues More Fines to Companies Sending Spam Texts France Class Action for Data Protection Newly … Continue Reading

FCC Consumer Broadband Privacy Rules Effective Early 2017

On December 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) published its Consumer Broadband Privacy Report and Order in the Federal Register.  The Report and Order, released by the FCC on Wednesday, November 2, 2016—just one week after adoption—imposes significant restrictions on the use of sensitive customer proprietary information by retail broadband internet access … Continue Reading

GDPR Article 40: Code of Conduct for Cloud Providers Being Finalized by C-ISG

While over the last several months, many have expressed concern about cloud service providers’ (“CSPs”) ability to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), at the end of November some clarity was provided.  On November 30, 2016, the Cloud Select Industry Group (“C-ISG”) agreed on a Code of Conduct on Data Protection for CSPs … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 14 November 2016

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from the UK, Germany, France and the US. UK Investigatory Powers Bill One Step Closer to Royal Assent Gambling Websites Warned About Using Personal Data Germany Data Protection Authorities Examine Data Transfers … Continue Reading

New Comprehensive Chinese Cyber Security Law Approved

This week, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress approved the new Cyber Security Law. The law, which contains 79 articles under eight chapters, is set to take effect in June 2017 and has wide-ranging implications for how companies in China handle personal data and cybersecurity issues. The law applies broadly to entities or … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 7 November 2016

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from  the EU, UK, Germany and France. EU EU Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS): More Needs to Be Done to Allow Individuals to Take Back Their Online Identity UK Nuisance Callers Face … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 24 October 2016

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from France and Germany. France French National Data Protection Authority (CNIL) Issues First Digital Safe Label French National Data Protection Authority (CNIL) Ordered to Put a Time Limit on the Publication … Continue Reading

The Department of Health and Human Services Issues Guidance on HIPAA & Cloud Computing

  On October 7, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) published guidance (“Guidance”) on how cloud services providers (“CSPs”) and covered entities using cloud computing solutions can comply with the privacy, security, and breach notification rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). Over the … Continue Reading

German DPAs Auditing 500 Companies International Data Transfer Practices

On November 3,  ten of the German Data Protection Supervisory Authorities (“DPAs”) announced they will be working together to select approximately 500 companies in Germany to audit for international personal data transfers for the purpose of raising awareness of data protection law. Over the coming days, the investigations will be initiated with a questionnaire.  The … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 17 October 2016

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from: UK ICO Issue Record Fine to TalkTalk ICO Commissioner’s First Speech in Offce Germany Baden-Württemberg Commissioner Presents Assessments of IoT Products International Company Sues Germany for Remote Signal Monitoring US … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 26 September 2016

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from: UK Parliament Hears First Reading of Unsolicited Marketing Communications (Company Directors) Bill 2016-17 Worldwide Data Breaches Increase in 2016 EU Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 19 September 2016

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from: UK Brexit Continues to Cast Shadows Over UK Future ICO Fines Two Companies a Total of £100,000 Information Rights Tribunal Reasserts Importance of Communicating Breaches to the ICO Germany Bavarian … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 30 August 2016

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from: Germany International Working Group Makes Recommendations for Privacy in Internet Telephony Nordrhein-Westfalen Data Protection Commissioner Comments on Speed Check Services US EPIC Challenges New FAA Drone Rules Software Manufacturer … Continue Reading

Weekly Data Privacy Alert – 22 August 2016

Please click here to read the latest data privacy alert from the Squire Patton Boggs Data Protection & Cybersecurity team. This week’s alert covers news from: EU EU-US Privacy Shield: Three Weeks On Germany Bavarian Government Adopts New Security Concept Federal Labour Court: Employee Right to Inspection For more information on any of these items, … Continue Reading
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