US Privacy Law 2024: New legislation, an enforcement sweep (And it’s only January)

2023 was a landmark year for privacy in the US, with five new comprehensive privacy laws taking effect, strong enforcement at the federal level, and new laws passing across the states. But 2024 could prove even more significant.  FTC enforcement  The year began with yet another privacy case from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), [...]

By |2024-01-31T13:26:22+00:0027th January, 2024|DPO, Governments, News|

EDPB’s Data Protection Officer research shows significant compliance gaps 

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has published a report of its investigation into Data Protection Officers (DPOs). The research reveals that DPOs in many organisations lack sufficient resources to fulfil their tasks, and sometimes hold senior positions that could present a conflict of interest.  DPO requirements under the GDPR  The GDPR requires an organisation [...]

By |2024-01-25T12:00:23+00:0022nd January, 2024|DPO, Governments, News|

Three things that probably *Won’t* happen in data protection in 2024

Foresight is crucial in a fast-moving field like data protection. So as 2023 draws to a close, the web is becoming saturated with privacy predictions for next year.  But let’s put the crystal ball aside and consider some events that are unlikely to occur in 2024, with a focus on US privacy law, transatlantic [...]

By |2023-12-21T09:39:50+00:0021st December, 2023|DPO, Governments, News|

December’s global privacy news roundup

ICO fines Ministry of Defence for Afghan evacuation data breach The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has imposed a £350,000 fine on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for a data breach involving the personal data of individuals seeking relocation to the UK after the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan in 2021.   On September 20, 2021, [...]

By |2023-12-21T09:32:31+00:0021st December, 2023|DPO, Governments, News|

Brexit and Beyond: Adapting to the UK’s evolving data privacy landscape 

The UK’s data protection and privacy landscape remains largely the same since Brexit, with the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) retaining substantially the same rules as exist in the EU, and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) remaining unchanged.  But in 2022, with the UK [...]

By |2023-12-21T09:32:56+00:0021st December, 2023|Brexit, DPO, Governments, News|

EU agrees landmark deal on regulation of artificial intelligence

The EU Council presidency and the European Parliament have provisionally agreed on a unified AI regulation for Europe. These proposed rules aim to guarantee the safe use of AI systems in the EU market, ensuring they comply with fundamental rights and EU values.   The deal refines the definition of an AI system to clearly [...]

By |2023-12-21T09:14:47+00:0019th December, 2023|Artificial Intelligence, Brexit, DPO, Governments, News|

November global regulatory roundup

FTC files complaint against Global Tel Link for neglecting cybersecurity and delaying breach notification  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has filed a complaint against prison communications provider Global Tel Link for ineffective cybersecurity measures and failing to notify consumers after a data breach.   Global Tel Link, which provide telephonic and [...]

By |2023-12-01T12:32:35+00:0029th November, 2023|DPO, Governments, News|

Global regulatory updates

French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) fines GROUPE CANAL+ €600,000  On October 12, 2023, the French Data Protection Authority (known as “the CNIL”) imposed a fine of €600,000 on French media company GROUPE CANAL+ for violating various data protection and privacy obligations.  The fine resulted from multiple complaints received by CNIL about difficulties individuals faced [...]

By |2023-10-30T10:41:28+00:0030th October, 2023|DPO, Governments, News|

California’s Delete Act will enable residents to request all data brokers to remove their information

The California governor has signed Bill 362, also known as the Delete Act, enabling residents to request the removal of their personal information from all data brokers operating in the state.  The Delete Act aims to provide consumers with greater control over their personal information that is collected and sold by data brokers.  The [...]

By |2023-10-29T20:45:36+00:0029th October, 2023|DPO, Governments, News|

Latest regulatory roundup in global data protection and privacy

Here is a roundup of some of the recent regulatory updates in the data protection and privacy space around the world.  Canada  On September 22, 2023, the second set of amendments to Quebec’s privacy law (under “Bill 64” or “Law  25”) came into effect. The amendment aims to modernise Quebec’s long-standing privacy law in [...]

By |2023-10-20T20:46:11+01:0027th September, 2023|DPO, Governments, News|
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