CCPA: How will new privacy law impact trade with America?

You wait years for data privacy regulations to catch up with current data processing requirements and then, like buses, two arrive at the same time. Many UK organisations may well feel like they have been hit by a bus, given the dramatic impact that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has had since its implementation in May.

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Draft Brexit Data Protection Regulations would undermine adequacy determination for the UK

One thing can be certain following the recent Brexit Parliamentary shenanigans. The UK will eventually choose from: (a) a hard Brexit; (b) a deferred Brexit; (c) a Brexit perhaps softer than Mrs May’s defeated Brexit, or (d) no Brexit. As most options involve Brexit, the approach the Government has adopted to align Brexit with the GDPR is important.

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Australia’s anti-encryption collision with GDPR sub-processing

On Dec. 6, Australia passed a surprising law with a global impact on privacy.

The new law requires any Australian company to build backdoors to encrypted data and communications when instructed to do so by the government, while also requiring secrecy about the existence of such surveillance capabilities from individuals and enterprise customers. This unverifiable question of compromised encryption presents many technical threats and introduces international regulatory compliance challenges as well.

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Companies should get ‘meaningful consent’ for user data, privacy watchdog says

New guidelines come into effect Jan. 1, give guidance for private sector companies’ use of Canadians’ personal information, but no enforcement.

The guidelines make clear that it’s no longer sufficient for companies to simply provide a legal disclaimer — that most users will never read — to obtain consent to collect, use and monetize users’ personal information.

Full article: Companies should get ‘meaningful consent’ for user data, privacy watchdog says | The Star

This little-known facial-recognition accuracy test has big influence

The closely watched NIST results released last November concluded that the entire industry has improved not just incrementally, but “massively.” It showed that at least 28 developers’ algorithms now outperform the most accurate algorithm from late 2013, and just 0.2 percent of all searches by all algorithms tested failed in 2018, compared with a 4 percent failure rate in 2014 and 5 percent rate in 2010.

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GDPR Will Pick Up Momentum In 2019

Data protection authorities (DPAs) across Europe have their hands full fielding an influx of inbound grievances. The number of data breach, consent and privacy-related complaints have increased since the law took effect in May.

Over the summer, the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office reported a 160% uptick in data breach complaints from the year before. Whistleblower reports on company data breaches in the United Kingdom have almost tripled.

Full article: GDPR Will Pick Up Momentum In 2019 | AdExchanger

Department of Commerce Updates Privacy Shield FAQs to Clarify Applicability to UK Personal Data

On December 20, 2018, the Department of Commerce updated its frequently asked questions on the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks to clarify the effect of the UK’s planned withdrawal from the EU on March 29, 2019.

The FAQs provide information on the steps Privacy Shield participants must take to receive personal data from the UK in reliance on the Privacy Shield after such time.

Source: Department of Commerce Updates Privacy Shield FAQs to Clarify Applicability to UK Personal Data | Privacy & Information Security Law Blog

What We Can Learn About Online Privacy From Climate Change

Deleting accounts and giving up on offending services can be good moves. But let’s be realistic: They’re small measures when you consider the big picture, that the gears of the online world are greased with our data. And there is no sign of that changing anytime soon.

Real action to protect privacy hinges on big institutions, to the point that small, individual measures pale in comparison. But there are still ways to act.

Full article: What We Can Learn About Online Privacy From Climate Change – The New York Times

US Supreme Court case may have far-reaching privacy implications

A case currently making its way through the Supreme Court’s docket may have far-reaching implications for the future of privacy litigation. The case, Frank v. Gaos , concerns cy pres class action settlements, and the core issue (for which the Court granted certiorari) regards the appropriateness of the cy pres arrangement in the case.

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