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Republicans push bill requiring tech companies to help access encrypted data

A group of Senate Republicans is looking to force tech companies to comply with “lawful access” to encrypted information, potentially jeopardizing the technology’s security features.

The proposed legislation is Congress’ latest attempt to weaken encryption from tech giants.

Source: Republicans push bill requiring tech companies to help access encrypted data – CNET

Israel introduces new contact-tracing bill

Throughout the COVID-19 global outbreak, Israel has taken a unique approach for fighting the pandemic.

While other countries have developed and implemented new technologies for contact tracing, Israel preferred using a covert technology, operated by the General Secret Service for anti-terror purposes.

Source: Israel introduces new contact-tracing bill

Why Trump’s administration is going after Europe’s privacy rules

US officials are ramping up criticism of flagship GDPR law, which they say protects cybercriminals.

At the heart of the issue for many U.S. critics of the GDPR is the WHOIS database, an online directory created in the 1970s, which became an important tool for global law enforcement agencies fighting cybercrime.

Source: Why Trump’s administration is going after Europe’s privacy rules – POLITICO

California begins enforcing broad digital privacy law, despite calls for delay 

The California privacy law took effect in January, but the attorney general had to wait until July to enforce.

California’s privacy law, often called the broadest law for digital privacy in the United States, can finally be enforced starting Wednesday. And despite industry calls for the state to hold off because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Attorney General Xavier Becerra is forging ahead.

Source: California begins enforcing broad digital privacy law, despite calls for delay – The Washington Post

European Parliament calls to ban micro-targeted ads

European Parliament recently called on a ban on micro-targeted ads. Such a decision made by a democratically elected body is somewhat unprecedented.

Micro-targeting allows advertisers to use platform profiling to reach the “right” audience. For example targeting content based on traits such as: Male/Female, age, the location (i.e. based in Brussels), or preferences (i.e.  “likes yoghurt”), so on so on.

Source: European Parliament calls to ban micro-targeted ads. Now what?

Bill to Ban Face Surveillance Introduced in US Congress

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) today introduced legislation to stop government use of biometric surveillance, including facial recognition tools.

The Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act prohibits the use of facial recognition and other biometric technologies by federal agencies, including Customs and Border Protection.

Source: Bill to Ban Face Surveillance Introduced in Congress

EU Commission publishes its evaluation of GDPR

On 24 June, the European Commission published its evaluation report of the GDPR, just over two years after the GDPR become applicable.

The Commission’s report, indicates that the GDPR has met most of its objectives, in particular in relation to individual enforceable rights and by creating a new European system of governance and enforcement.

Source: EU: EU Commission publishes its evaluation of GDPR

The EU’s Plans to Build a Wall Around GDPR-Protected Data

An ambitious German- and French-lead European Union (EU) initiative could wrestle tighter management, and eventually, control of data from commercial cloud providers.

The project, dubbed as “Gaia-X,” is also intended to offer firewall-like protection for data sources from the EU. The initiative could have repercussions on how DevOps teams from outside of the EU manage data from European users, as well as from operations they might have that are physically based in EU member states.

Source: The EU’s Plans to Build a Wall Around GDPR-Protected Data – DevOps.com

How GDPR will be impacted by Brexit

EU GDPR will no longer apply directly to UK businesses after the transition period (January 2021). However, in spite of this, UK organisations will still have to comply with its requirements beyond 2020.

This is because the DPA 2018 enacts the EU GDPR’s requirements into UK law, meaning that functionally we will have ‘UK GDPR’. Functionally, there is very little difference between the ‘UK GDPR’ and existing ‘EU GDPR’. Those already complying with the former will simply have to persist with their current business practices.

Full article: How GDPR will be impacted by Brexit | TechRadar

Japan enacts Act on the Protection of Personal Information

On June 5, the law amending the Act on the Protection of Personal Information was enacted.

After the Cabinet order and rules of the Personal Information Protection Commission regarding the amendments are made, the new law is expected to take effect in the first half of 2022 or last quarter of 2021, although it is not clear exactly when.

Source: Japan enacts Act on the Protection of Personal Information

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