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EU reached deal on improved law enforcement access to financial information to curb crime

New rules improving law enforcement authorities’ access to financial information to investigate serious crime were informally agreed with Council negotiators.

The agreed text now needs to be formally approved by the Civil Liberties Committee, Parliament as a whole and the Council before entering into force.

Source: Deal on improved law enforcement access to financial information to curb crime | News | European Parliament

Advocacy groups call on Congress to address discrimination in privacy laws

The civil rights groups aim to fix issues like discriminative advertising, voter suppression and targeted misinformation.

The letter said data security and privacy abuses have harmed marginalized communities. Such abuses include deceptive voter suppression, misinformation targeting African Americans, and discriminatory government surveillance.

Source: ACLU, NAACP call on Congress to address discrimination in privacy laws – CNET

California governor wants users to profit from online data

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state’s consumers should get a piece of the billions of dollars that technology companies make off the personal data they collect.

The new governor has asked aides to develop a proposal for a “data dividend” for California residents but provided no hints about whether he might be suggesting a tax on tech companies, an individual refund to their customers or something else.

Source: California governor wants users to profit from online data | The Sacramento Bee

ICO releases discussion paper on regulatory sandbox

UK data protection authority ICO have published regulatory sandbox discussion paper which explains to potential participants how ICO sees the sandbox working in practice. The paper sets out our thinking so far – from early engagement through to application, sandbox entry and, ultimately, exit.

Source: Blog: ICO regulatory sandbox | ICO

FTC Decides Not to Modify CAN-SPAM Rule

On February 12, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that, after a review of the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (“CAN-SPAM”) Rule as part of its periodic review of its regulations, it has determined that the Rule does not need to be modified at this time.

Source: FTC Decides Not to Modify CAN-SPAM Rule

“Copycat CCPA” Bills Introduced in States Across Country

Privacy has been a hot topic for state legislatures in the first month of the year. Legislators in nine states have introduced draft bills that would impose broad obligations on businesses to provide consumers with transparency and control of personal data.

Source: “Copycat CCPA” Bills Introduced in States Across Country

USA Big Tech encouraged to adopt GDPR-style rules

The multinational tech conglomerate, Cisco Systems has urged tech companies in the US to embrace more regulation and to follow the example of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The group’s chief legal and compliance officer, Mark Chandler, has said regulation is now due; his calls add volume to the demands being made on US politicians to increase scrutiny and power over tech companies, against a backdrop of increasing global awareness of the importance of data security.

Source: USA Big Tech encouraged to adopt GDPR-style rules

Data Protection Act vetoed by Bulgarian President

Bulgaria’s head of state has sent a provision of the Law on Amendments and Supplements to the Personal Data Protection Act back to parliament for renewed debate. The action has been taken by president Radev due to opposition to Article 26 of the Act, which relates to the processing of personal data for journalism, academia and literary expression.

Source: Data Protection Act vetoed by Bulgarian President

How should we regulate facial-recognition technology?

The privacy concerns with facial-recognition technology are obvious: Nothing is more “personal” than one’s face.

So how is the processing of facial data regulated, whether such data is collected by a government agency as in China, or by a private entity like Apple or Facebook? And as facial-recognition technology use becomes more pervasive (as widely predicted), what restrictions are appropriate in the future?

Full article: How should we regulate facial-recognition technology?

GDPR-ready organizations see lowest risk of data breach

Organizations worldwide that invested in maturing their data privacy practices are now realizing tangible business benefits from these investments, according to Cisco’s 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study.

The Study validates the link between good privacy practice and business benefits as respondents report shorter sales delays as well as fewer and less costly data breaches.

Source: Cisco 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study | The Network

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