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Turkish data localization rules in effect for social media companies

On Oct. 1, 2020, amendments to the Regulation of Internet Broadcasts and Prevention of Crimes Committed through Such Broadcasts (Law No. 5651), also known as the Social Media Law in Turkey, entered into force.

The amendments define the term “social network provider,” oblige them to appoint a local representative, set out procedures for content removal, request reports every six months, and require user data to be stored within Turkey.

Source: Turkish data localization rules in effect for social media companies

‘US is falling behind and needs a strong privacy law’ says Microsoft

The US has fallen behind the rest of the world on privacy and data protection and urgently needs new laws, Microsoft’s most senior privacy legal expert has warned.

Julie Brill, vice president and deputy general counsel for privacy and regulatory affairs at Microsoft, set out her concerns in a blog this week. Brill cited a new Microsoft-commissioned poll from Yougov showing seven in 10 Americans would like to see privacy regulation addressed by the next administration.

Source: ‘US is falling behind and needs a strong privacy law’ says Microsoft

EDPB Adopts Guidelines on Relevant and Reasoned Objection under Article 60 of the GDPR

During its 39th plenary session on October 8, 2020, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted guidelines on relevant and reasoned objection under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The Guidelines relate to the cooperation and consistency provisions set out in Chapter VII of the GDPR, under which a lead supervisory authority has a duty to cooperate with other concerned supervisory authorities in order to reach a consensus.

Source: EDPB Adopts Guidelines on Relevant and Reasoned Objection under Article 60 of the GDPR

‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work

California’s privacy law says businesses must respect universal opt-outs. Now the technology finally exists to put that to the test.

When the attorney general issued California Consumer Privacy Act, the technology for a global opt-out didn’t exist. As of today, it does. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the search engine and browser DuckDuckGo, announced the beta launch of a new global privacy control. The idea is to create a technical specification that qualifies as a universal opt-out under the CCPA, so that exercising rights under the law would flip from being hopelessly complex to extremely easy.

Source: ‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work | WIRED

Making or Facilitating Ransomware Payments May Violate U.S. Sanctions

On October 1, 2020, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published an advisory that highlights the risk of potential U.S. sanctions law violations if U.S. individuals and businesses comply with ransomware payment demands.

OFAC’s advisory neither describes new penalties for ransomware payments nor expands existing law or provides new authority for imposing sanctions. Rather, in releasing its advisory in conjunction with a similar advisory from the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), OFAC is sending a clear signal that making ransomware payments with a sanctions nexus threatens U.S. national security interests and that third-party service providers that facilitate ransomware payments on behalf of a victim must consider and ensure compliance with OFAC regulations.

Source: Office of Foreign Assets Control: Making or Facilitating Ransomware Payments May Violate U.S. Sanctions

French Supervisory Authority Publishes Final Version of Cookie Guidelines

On October 1, 2020, the French Supervisory Authority (CNIL) published the final version of its Guidelines on cookies and other tracking technologies, as well as an adjoining set of best practice recommendations with examples on how to implement the guidelines.

The new version of the guidelines takes into account contributions submitted by various stakeholders during the public consultation period for both documents, as well as a recent decision of the French Council of State regarding a prior version of the guidelines.

Source: French Supervisory Authority Publishes Final Version of Cookie Guidelines, Says It Will Start Enforcing Them in April 2021

European privacy laws to blame for continued self-harm content, says Instagram

Content that breaks Instagram’s own rules on promoting and glamourising eating disorders and self-injury can still be found on the platform, an investigation has revealed.

But Instagram’s head of policy for Europe and the Middle East, Tara Hopkins, said:

“In the EU and the UK, we use image-based technology to find graphic self-harm… outside the EU, we’re able to use a more sophisticated range of technology. [..] There are questions about whether this more sophisticated technology is allowed under GDPR, because it’s considered to be potentially making a judgement on someone’s mental health.”

Source: European privacy laws to blame for continued self-harm content, says Instagram

Commission documents reveal vision for European Digital Identity

The European Commission has outlined its vision for a European Digital Identity, which would seek to provide a ‘trusted and secure’ form of online identification for the use of public and private services.

As part of a presentation from the Commission to the Council Telecommunications and Information Society Working Party last week, officials highlighted why they believe digital identification has become ‘fundamental’ to the everyday operation of online services.

Source: Commission documents reveal vision for European Digital Identity – EURACTIV.com

EU takes legal action against UK over planned Brexit bill

If bill becomes law, UK has power to disregard part of withdrawal treaty dealing with Northern Ireland trade.

The European Union has taken legal action against the United Kingdom over its plans to pass legislation that would breach parts of the legally binding divorce agreement the two sides reached late last year.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the UK plan “by its very nature is a breach of the obligation of good faith laid down in the withdrawal agreement”.

Source: EU takes legal action against UK over planned Brexit bill | United Kingdom | Al Jazeera

Egypt issues new data protection law

After several years of debate, the Egyptian government has introduced the Republic’s first standalone data protection law, which aims to regulate and protect citizens’ data online.

On 15 July 2020, Resolution No. 151 of 2020 (the Law) was published in the Official Gazette. The provisions under the new Law are modeled on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Law adopts similar concepts and definitions. It is hoped that the new Law will help Egypt attract foreign investment by increasing consumer confidence in electronic data processing and setting clear parameters for companies looking to capitalize on the growth of the digital economy.

Source: Egypt: Egypt issues new data protection law – Baker McKenzie InsightPlus

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