Policy

Latin America steps up data privacy legislative and enforcement efforts

Holland & Knight partner Adam Bookbinder, associates Mara O’Malley and Javier Robledo and legal intern Timothy Andrea consider developments over the last few months that showcase Latin American countries’ increased data privacy efforts.

07 May 2019

Federal legislation should extend to non-economic harm, FTC commissioner says

An FTC commissioner has said that any federal privacy legislation which does not allow for individuals to recover damages for non-economic harm caused by a data security breach “wouldn’t be too effective”.

03 May 2019

Federal privacy law should not pre-empt state law, US senate told

A US Senate committee has heard that any federal privacy legislation should create a floor for privacy rights, and avoid pre-empting state laws.

02 May 2019

UK government proposes IOT security law

Proposed UK legislation would ban retailers from selling IOT products that have not been labelled as secure.

01 May 2019

UK seeks to shore up ICO powers post-Brexit

The UK government has proposed requiring overseas digital service providers to designate a local representative after the country leaves the EU in a bid to maintain its data watchdog’s authority.

18 April 2019

EDPB clarifies contractual processing for online services

The European Data Protection Board has issued guidance on how companies offering services online can rely on contracts to process data, including banning the practice for the provision of targeted adverts.

16 April 2019

ICO consults on children’s code of practice

The UK data watchdog has released a provisional code of practice with strict obligations for companies that process children’s data online.

15 April 2019

Canada’s privacy watchdog proposes requiring consent for transfers

Canada’s federal privacy commissioner has suggested that companies should need to obtain consent for domestic and international transfers – but there are concerns the changes go too far and could risk the country’s EU adequacy agreement.

11 April 2019

Ad trade bodies call for federal privacy law

A coalition of advertising trade bodies has called for an omnibus US federal privacy law and recommended the creation of a data protection body within the Federal Trade Commission.

10 April 2019

Going over the top

Over-the-top applications like WhatsApp have replaced telecoms services as the world's preferred method of electronic communication. As more and more of these services offer end-to-end encryption, governments are having to rethink how they get hold of information that was once easily accessible.

09 April 2019

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