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Brazil's president vetoes data protection authority

Brazil’s president Michel Temer has approved a general data protection law, but vetoed several aspects of the bill including the creation of a data protection authority – sparking a face-off as different government ministries lay claim to an enforcer role.  Temer signed the bill...

16 August 2018

Privacy Shield at risk following US developments, EPIC warns

A privacy pressure group has raised the alarm about recent US data law developments ahead of the European Commission’s upcoming second review of the EU-US Privacy Shield. The Electronic Privacy Information Centre’s statement follows a 5 July European Parliament resolution, which...

16 August 2018

Twitter terms and conditions causing “moral damage”, French court says

A French court has ruled that hundreds of Twitter’s terms and conditions violate consumer protection and data privacy laws, fining the US social media company €30,000. The decision follows four years of legal proceedings led by consumer association UFC Que Choisir against Twitter,...

16 August 2018

Australian draft law proposes fines and prison time for refusing to help police decrypt data

Proposed Australian legislation will force tech companies to give law enforcement agencies access to their IT systems and decrypt data for them or face hefty fines. The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act, made public on 14 August, lays...

15 August 2018

FTC approves new video game industry self-regulation programme

The US Federal Trade Commission has approved changes to a video games industry body self-regulatory programme that aims at compliance with children’s privacy rules – but pressure groups argue the agency must do more to protect children’s data online. Under the Children’s Online...

15 August 2018

German data commissioner slams police surveillance bill

The head of a German state data protection authority has joined growing criticism of legislation that proposes to increase police surveillance powers, though its backers say it is necessary to fight crime. In a statement issued on 9 August, Barbara Thiel, the state commissioner...

14 August 2018

Lawyers praise ICO technology policy appointment

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has appointed an executive director for technology policy and innovation, in a move that has been welcomed by lawyers. Simon McDougall joined the enforcer from risk management and regulatory compliance consultancy Promontory, the ICO said...

14 August 2018

Dutch data protection authority imposes rare monetary penalty

Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens has fined a bank for failing to honour a data subject access request – just the sixth time in the last decade that it has levied a monetary penalty for an enforcement notice violation. The data protection authority fined the Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers...

13 August 2018

Argentina’s Marval confirms tech focus with new partner appointment

Argentinian law firm Marval O’Farrell & Mairal has responded to an increase in demand for data law expertise by promoting an IP, IT and technology lawyer to partner. Buenos Aires-based Diego Fernández, 39, joined the partnership at Marval on 1 August. The firm now counts 61 partners....

10 August 2018

EU report calls for information sharing to aid cyber insurance industry

The cyber insurance industry would welcome regulation that spurs market participants to share information about data breaches, an EU report has said. A report from the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), published on 2 August, found support from cyber...

10 August 2018