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US FTC chair calls for new data privacy enforcement powers

The new chairman of the US Federal Trade Commission has called for greater powers to take on new threats to data privacy. Joseph Simons, who was appointed by President Donald Trump earlier this year and sworn into the role in May, used a statement in the House of Representatives...

23 July 2018

Singapore privacy commissioner announces new training modules

Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission and two universities in the country will roll out new data protection law courses. Vincent Manancourt in Singapore. Speaking at the IAPP Asia Privacy Forum on 23 July, Tian Kiat How announced that the PDPC would be rolling out an...

23 July 2018

Malaysian bar to push for public sector breach notification

Malaysia’s bar association will push for the extension of a possible mandatory breach regime to apply to both the private and public sectors, one of its members has said. Vincent Manancourt in Singapore Speaking at the IAPP Asia Privacy Forum, Christopher & Lee Ong partner Deepak...

23 July 2018

Philippines privacy commissioner reports surge in complaints and notifications

The head of the Philippines National Privacy Commission says the agency has already broken its record for data breach notifications received annually, but promoting compliance remains an “uphill climb”. Vincent Manancourt in Singapore Raymund Liboro said on 23 July at the IAPP’s...

23 July 2018

Swedish bulk interception regime survives ECHR challenge

Despite finding "shortcomings" in Sweden's bulk communications interception regime, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that it has sufficient safeguards to avoid violating human rights laws. The ECHR's judgment upheld the Swedish regime overall after finding there were...

20 July 2018

EU and Japan create “world’s largest safe data transfer area”

The EU and Japan have recognised each other’s data protection regimes as adequate as part of a major trade deal, allowing for free flows of personal data between the two regions. The agreement, signed on 17 July, saw Japan commit to additional safeguards to protect EU citizens’...

18 July 2018

EDPB confirms ICANN can share personal data

The EU’s main data protection body has confirmed that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) can share personal data from its WHOIS database with third parties who have a legitimate interest in handling the information. The European Data Protection Board...

17 July 2018

Mattos Filho hires prominent TMT partner

Data protection lawyer Paulo Brancher has joined Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados as Brazil passes a new law mirroring the EU’s GDPR. São Paulo-based Brancher, 45, joined Mattos Filho on 16 July. He was previously a partner at Azevedo Sette Advogados, which...

17 July 2018

Brazil moves closer to a general data protection law

Brazil is close to enacting GDPR-like data protection legislation after both houses of Congress voted in favour of the law – but fears remain that the president may veto parts of the bill. Brazil’s Federal Senate followed the Chamber of Deputies in passing PLC 53/2018 on 10 July....

16 July 2018

Pregnancy site faces UK watchdog fine for selling user data to political party

After serving Facebook with a notice of intent, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has once again announced its intention to levy a fine before actually doing so, with the penalty this time going to a website that allegedly misused subscriber data by selling it to the UK’s...

13 July 2018