Coronavirus

Familiar issues stall US covid-19 privacy legislation

Democrats and Republicans have duelling covid-19 data bills in Congress, with the proposals differing on private rights of action and preemption – issues that have served as roadblocks to past efforts to implement comprehensive privacy legislation.

28 May 2020

Big data continues to shine during market rally

Big data has continued to outperform most other industries as markets rally from their March and April lows, with the cloud computing and cybersecurity sectors leading the way with double-digit gains on the year.

27 May 2020

Brazil’s LGPD could come into force on schedule after late-night vote

In another surprise turn of events, Brazil’s senate has amended its coronavirus relief package to have the country’s omnibus data privacy law come into force as originally scheduled.

20 May 2020

Feeling the heat: data protection considerations for commercial landlords regarding temperature testing

Following the peak of the covid-19 outbreak, commercial landlords may use temperature testing to keep workforces safe as they return to physical workplaces. Herbert Smith Freehills global data privacy head Miriam Everett, UK & EMEA real estate head Jeremy Walden and TMT associate Hannah Brown analyse the data protection implications.

19 May 2020

Brazilian House of Representatives votes to delay LGPD

Brazil’s lower house has voted to delay the LGPD – the latest move in a series of twists and turns that could see the data protection law postponed until August 2021.

18 May 2020

Facial recognition legislation makes its way through California legislature

A bill that would govern the use of facial recognition technology is making its way through the California legislature over the objections of 55 civil rights organisations.

13 May 2020

US lawmakers propose temporary covid-19 privacy law

Five Republican senators have introduced a bill that would regulate contact-tracing apps and similar projects geared towards tracking the spread of covid-19.

12 May 2020

Brazilian court declares data protection a fundamental right in landmark decision

Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court has struck down a government order forcing telecommunications companies to provide access to user information, declaring in the process that data protection is a fundamental right.

11 May 2020

Contact-tracing approaches diverge worldwide

As governments and people across the world seek an exit strategy to coronavirus lockdown, contact tracing apps have been touted as a powerful tool – but data privacy concerns have led to differing approaches by health authorities.

06 May 2020

Covid-19 tracing app will stray from ICO privacy recommendations

The head of the UK Information Commissioner’s Office has backed the use of a centralised database for a covid-19 tracing app – contrary to prior recommendations by her office.

05 May 2020

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