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U.S. and U.K. Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration on Data Privacy Enforcement

Citing the increasing frequency with which consumer information crosses international borders and the need for coordinated monitoring and enforcement strategies related to consumer privacy, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission...more

Privacy in Latin America and the Caribbean

With the enactment or implementation of several new data privacy laws in the past couple of years, the privacy landscape in Latin America and the Caribbean continues to change dramatically. Twelve countries in the region now...more

European Data Protection Supervisor Issues Big Data Opinion

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued a preliminary opinion that addresses some of the issues and convergences in EU data protection, consumer protection and competition laws that are not up to date with...more

Internet of Things at the Salone, but what legal issues for furnitures?

The Internet of Things will generate 9 billion devices by 2018 according to estimates, but the recent hacker attack that caused a fridge to send over 750,000 spam and phishing messages over the Christmas break create concerns...more

Preliminary opinion on privacy and competitiveness of big data issued by EDPS

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued a preliminary opinion that addresses some of the issues and convergences in EU data protection, consumer protection and competition laws that are not up to date with...more

The Internet of Things Part 2: The Old Problem Squared

Cisco estimates that 25 billion devices will be connected in the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020. Analyst firm IDC makes an even bolder prediction: 212 billion connected devices by 2020. This massive...more

New Regulatory Measures for Internet Transactions in China

On Jan. 26, 2014, the Chinese State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) promulgated the Regulatory Measures for Internet Transactions (the “New Measures”). The New Measures, which took effect on March 15, 2014,...more

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - March 2014

In this issue: - Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Settles California Attorney General Charges over Delayed Data Breach Notification - Status of the EU Regulation and the Safe Harbor Framework - FTC Steps...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2014

In This Issue: - EU Parliament Cements Position on Privacy Protection Reform - EU Parliament Passes Cybersecurity Directive - SEC Holds Roundtable on Cybersecurity - EU and APEC Introduce Guide for...more

The Internet of Things Part 2: The Old Problem Squared

Cisco estimates that some 25 billion devices will be connected in the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020. Analyst firm IDC makes an even bolder prediction: 212 billion connected devices by 2020. This...more

Germany to Tighten Data Protection Laws: Consumer Protection Associations shall be Granted Right to take Businesses to Court

Germany's data protection laws, already known as one of the strictest in the world, are facing an even stricter approach when Federal Minister of Justice Heiko Maas on February 11, 2014 announced a new draft bill that would...more

FTC Announces International Privacy Initiatives

On March 6, the FTC released a memorandum of understanding (MOU) it signed with the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which is designed to strengthen the agencies’ privacy enforcement partnership. The FTC stated...more

Progress On EU Data Privacy Reform: “Irreversible”

Today, the European Parliament voted through the new EU Data Protection reform package (621 in favour of the new Regulation and 10 against with 22 abstentions). It’s a clear endorsement of the proposals. The EU press release...more

Important Announcement of a Key New Data Privacy Initiative

Rafi Azim-Khan, Partner and Head of Data Privacy, Europe at Pillsbury and Chair of the British American Business' Law Forum, was in Washington, DC yesterday to hear the important announcement of a key new data privacy...more

Data Protection Regulation: Back On Track?

The Council of the EU has been busy discussing the draft Regulation this week. There is a press release and press conference to go with it. So what’s new?...more

European Privacy Reform: Council Chooses Quality Over Speed

On March 4, 2014, a policy debate was held in the European Justice and Home Affairs Council concerning the planned General Data Protection Regulation. The debate focused on several issues related to Chapters I through V of...more

CFTC Issues Advisory on Compliance with Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Security Safeguards

On February 26, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued Advisory 14-21 to provide futures commission merchants, commodity trading advisors, commodity...more

FTC, PIRG complaint reports highlight consumer dissatisfaction with debt collection industry

The FTC released its annual Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book on February 27, 2014, providing national and state-by-state data on consumer complaints received by the FTC, all U.S. and Canadian Better Business Bureaus, the...more

German Court Rules Against Facebook’s “Friend Finder”

On January 24, 2014, in a case filed against Facebook by German consumer protection association VZBV, the Berlin Court of Appeal (“Court”) upheld a lower court ruling that Facebook’s “Friend Finder” function is unlawful. The...more

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation

Canada will begin regulating commercial electronic messages beginning July 1, 2014, under its new anti-spam legislation, commonly known as Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). Under CASL, a commercial electronic message is...more

Australia Changes Privacy Act to Apply to Foreign Websites

Effective March 12, 2014, Australia will adopt new legislation which will require compliance by Canadian businesses that have a website and collect personal information from Australians, or have an Australian link. Software...more

Personal Data Transfers from the European Economic Area: Binding Corporate Rules Emerge as Increasingly Attractive Option

It is difficult to recall a time when the issue of personal data transfers from the European Economic Area ("EEA") has been as widely and hotly debated as it has over the past year or so. Significant movements during the past...more

Consumer Rights Directive: Significant implications for online businesses with effect from 13 June 2014

The EU Consumer Rights Directive (2011/83/EC) will bring into effect, from 13 June 2014, significant changes to German consumer rights. The aim of the Directive is to standardise national legislation across member states,...more

WhatsApp plus Facebook, what data protection issues?

Adding 450 million monthly users to 1.3 bn monthly users costs $19 bn according to Facebook, but also means that the buyer will be able to know about (and benefit from) much more information on its users to be potentially...more

Privacy: What the World Has to Say About It

Let’s face it: technology has made the world smaller. It’s no longer extraordinary for what was once termed a “mid-sized” or “regional” company to trade and outsource in foreign markets. Indeed, the Internet has made it...more

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