International transfers

US FCC pulls telecoms licence over surveillance concerns

The Federal Communications Commission has ordered China Telecom to close its US business within 60 days, citing concerns that the Chinese Communist Party could use the state-owned company to access confidential data – and signalling that other companies will soon be in the firing line.

27 October 2021

Maja Smoltczyk: The exit interview

Berlin privacy chief Maja Smoltczyk has become a key player in the European data protection landscape. Shortly before her retirement, she told GDR about the GDPR’s successes and failings, how her office reached Germany’s first multimillion-euro fine, and its ongoing audit of the aftermath of Schrems II.

27 October 2021

EU to develop new SCCs for extraterritorial processing

The European Commission has confirmed that it will develop a new set of standard contractual clauses to cover non-EU processing that falls within the scope of the GDPR, raising concerns from observers.

25 October 2021

EDPB targets cloud services

The public sector’s use of cloud services will be the focus of a new type of harmonised action by EU national data watchdogs – potentially setting the scene for more enforcement against cloud providers.

19 October 2021

Clearview BIPA case veers into personal finances

Clearview AI’s defence lawyers say plaintiff subpoenas for executives’ personal financial records are an improper fishing expedition.

14 October 2021

Norway issues GDPR fine over China transfers

Norway's data regulator has fined a company 5 million kroner (€489,000) for illegally transferring personal data to China.

01 October 2021

EDPB tentatively approves draft Korean adequacy

The EU’s data protection authorities have greenlit the European Commission’s decision to approve data flows to Korea – but called on the commission to provide further clarity.

28 September 2021

CISA director: Too much information sharing could overwhelm agency

US industry and government officials have called for removing barriers to inter-agency information sharing in the wake of several major cyberattacks – but Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) director Jen Easterly has warned that too much sharing could make it hard to separate the signal from the noise.

27 September 2021

Swiss authority questions CLOUD Act compliance

Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice believes the CLOUD Act could breach existing data protection rules and possibly endanger Switzerland’s EU adequacy status.

24 September 2021

Pentagon could issue report on Afghan data by year’s end

A bipartisan provision in next year’s US military budget calls for the Pentagon to account for the trove of Afghan biometric data believed to be in the hands of the Taliban.

21 September 2021

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