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Europe Under Review : Part 2 Of 8 – Data Collection

As the next in our series of “back to privacy basics”, we look the rules regarding collection and processing of personal data. As we will do throughout this series, we take a look at the current position and what is...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

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 1 (Winter 2014): Evolving Data Protection...

The worldwide expansion of data privacy laws and regulations has impacts that are being felt with increasing regularity in the litigation arena. Whenever data collections occur within foreign corporations or foreign...more

Eye on Privacy - January 2014

In this issue: - FTC Settlement with Flashlight App Requires Extensive Disclosures Outside of the Privacy Policy to Collect and Share Geolocation Information - GAO and Senate Commerce Committee Release Studies...more

New Law Requires Certain Vendors to Expand Their Privacy Policies

A recent amendment to the California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 (“CalOPPA”) will require certain owners and operators of commercial websites and online service providers to change their posted privacy policies to...more

California Appeals Court Holds Injury Required For Standing Under State Shine The Light Law

Recently, the California Court of Appeals, Second District, held that a plaintiff must have suffered a statutory injury to have standing to pursue a cause of action under the state’s “Shine the Light Act” (SLA). Boorstein v....more

International Privacy - 2013 Year in Review - Africa

On August 22, 2013, after four years of deliberation, the South African Parliament passed the first comprehensive data protection legislation in South Africa, the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Bill. This Bill...more

International Privacy - 2013 Year in Review - Central and South America

1. Costa Rica - On March 5, 2013, Costa Rica’s data protection law, originally passed in 2011, came into force. The law, the Ley Protección de la Persona frente al tratamiento de sus datos personales, Law...more

International Privacy - 2013 Year in Review - Asia

1. China - China’s Personal Information Protection Law Proposal was submitted to the State Council in 2008, which was followed by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s non-binding Internet...more

On the 9th Day of Privacy, the European Union Gave to Me . . .

. . . a delayed delivery notice for the biggest package of the holiday season! (LONDON) Major changes are on the way in Europe that will have a significant impact on companies anywhere in the world that collect or...more

Data Brokers Under Scrutiny

The Senate Commerce Committee released this morning its majority staff report, A Review of the Data Broker Industry: Collection, Use, and Sale of Consumer Data for Marketing Purposes, on the practices data brokers use to...more

BBB Warns Advertisers and Web Publishers to Take Responsibility for Behavioral Advertising Disclosures

The Better Business Bureau (“BBB”) and the Direct Marketing Association (“DMA”) are in charge of enforcing the ad industry’s Self Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising (“OBA Principles”), which regulate the...more

Mobile Apps Remain Regulatory Focus as FTC Enforces Data Privacy of Popular Program

The provider of the immensely popular “Brightest Flashlight Free” mobile app for Android reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that it collected sensitive personal information, including...more

The Download - November 2013

In this issue: - Senator Markey and Representative Barton Reintroduce Do Not Track Kids Act - House Bipartisan Working Group Continues Discussion on Privacy - Federal Trade Commission Holds Workshop on...more

Malaysia’s Personal Data Protection Act Finally in Effect

Malaysia’s first ever comprehensive privacy law, the Personal Data Protection Act of 2010 (“PDPA“), came into force on November 15, 2013. The Malaysia Parliament passed the PDPA in 2010. However, it was passed with...more

The Draft EU General Data Protection Regulation: Where We Are Now and Where We Are Going

On October 25, 2013, the European Council concluded that the new Data Protection Framework should be adopted in a timely manner in order to strengthen consumer and business trust in Europe’s digital economy. The Council did,...more

Key EU Parliament Committee Endorses Revised Draft of Data Protection Regulation

(LONDON) As widely expected, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted today in favor of a revised, even tougher draft of the Data Protection Regulation that will (if...more

Manitoba’s Private Sector Privacy Law – Similar to Alberta’s Law, but Important Differences Exist

On September 13, 2013, Manitoba joined Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta by enacting provincial private sector privacy legislation. Once it comes into force, Manitoba’s Personal Information Protection and Identity...more

Update: Google Not Going Down Without a Fight

Google is seeking further review in two cases we wrote about last week on alleged Wiretap Act violations. In the Gmail case, where Google was charged with improperly reviewing subscribers’ emails, Google asked Judge Koh to...more

Obtaining German Works Council Approval to Collect Employee E-Mail and Electronic Documents Using EnCase® Enterprise and EnCase®...

German companies sometimes are required to collect data for legitimate business purposes, including for compliance, to investigate malfeasance, for adjudication of claims and to protect personal data of customers from misuse....more

Sponsors Drop California Ballot Initiative Intended to Transform Privacy Class Actions

Recent reports have circulated regarding a California ballot initiative that, if successful, might have marked the second time California would have caused a national shift in privacy law. Just 10 years ago, California...more

CFPB responds to questions about data collection

The CFPB recently sent 49-pages of responses to questions about the CFPB’s data collection activities asked by members of the House Financial Services Committee in connection with the appearance of Steven Antonakes, CFPB...more

California Enacts First Online Tracking Bill, Expands Breach Notice Requirements

On September 27, California became the first state to enact online tracking legislation, which requires website operators to disclose how they respond to “do not track” signals or other mechanisms that provide consumers a...more

Privacy Monday: October 7, 2013

Despite the government shutdown, the Supreme Court is in for the 2013-2014 session. There are a couple of privacy cases on the agenda. U.S. v. Wurie and Riley v. California - At issue: Separate appeals over...more

California Enacts Several Pieces of New Privacy Legislation

California is continuing to blaze new trails in the area of online data privacy. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law several new pieces of privacy legislation. The new laws affect all operators of commercial Web sites...more

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