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EU seeks new regulatory powers against big tech firms

Powers could include the ability to exclude large tech companies from the single market altogether.

The European Union wants more regulatory powers to force big US tech companies to break up or sell off operations in Europe if their dominance is deemed a threat to smaller firms or consumers.

The European Commission is set to propose new rules called the Digital Services Act by the end of this year, which will increase responsibility and liability for social media firms and the content on their platforms.

Source: EU seeks new regulatory powers against big tech firms | IT PRO

Republicans Introduce Privacy Bill That Would Override State Laws

Four Republican senators have introduced a privacy bill that would override state privacy laws, other than ones requiring notifications of data breaches.

The proposed law would require companies to obtain consumers’ affirmative consent before transferring their “sensitive” information — which the bill defines as including financial account numbers, persistent identifiers, precise geolocation data, and data revealing people’s race, ethnic origin, religion and sexual orientation.

The Setting an American Framework to Ensure Data Access, Transparency, and Accountability Act (SAFE DATA Act) would also require companies to allow consumers to access, edit and delete data about them.

Source: Republicans Introduce Privacy Bill That Would Override State Laws 09/21/2020

Draft legislation would allow Australian personal data to be shared between government agencies

The Government wants to be able to share your personal information between its agencies. This is what you need to know about what data it plans to share and how.

The Data Availability and Transparency Bill would override the different laws and provisions covering data collected by government bodies. Instead, the National Data Commissioner would oversee a regime to allows data-sharing across the public sector, provided various protections are kept in place.

That would include the likes of Centrelink, the Australian Tax Office, the Department of Home Affairs Department and the Bureau of Statistics, as well as bodies such as the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. But it could also see public sector information shared with other “accredited” bodies, including universities, think-tanks, businesses and not-for-profit groups.

Source: Draft legislation proposed by Federal Government would allow your personal data to be shared between government agencies – ABC News

IoT Security Bill Passed in House of Representatives

The House of Representatives has passed a bill governing the security of the Internet of Things.

The “Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019” sets baseline cybersecurity standards for IoT devices purchased by the federal government.

The Senate Homeland Security Committee advanced a similar bill last year.

Source: EPIC – IoT Security Bill Passed in House of Representatives

IBM pushes for US to limit facial recognition system exports

IBM has called for the US Department of Commerce to limit the export of facial recognition systems, particularly to countries that could potentially use it for mass surveillance, racial profiling, or other human rights violations.

In a letter [PDF] to the Commerce Department, IBM highlighted the need for tighter export controls for facial recognition technologies that employ for what it referred to as “1-to-many” matching.

Source: IBM pushes for US to limit facial recognition system exports | ZDNet

Privacy laws might prove to be a blessing in disguise for crypto

With government agencies getting more savvy at tracing blockchain transactions, laws like the EU’s GDPR may play a role.

The GDPR has led to changes that complement the ethos of crypto’s early days, as it has proved crucial for fighting the questionable data handling practices of public and private sector players alike. It has also done wonders to nurture a privacy culture even among people with no prior interest in protecting their information.

Regulators and blockchain and crypto users also have a common goal: to ensure that both cryptocurrencies and the technologies underlying them are used in a way that’s not deceptive in its promise. Which might just be what the long-awaited, wider adoption of digital currencies needs.

Full article: Privacy laws might prove to be a blessing in disguise for crypto

Revised, Washington State Privacy Legislation Moves Forward

The Washington Privacy Act is back and now includes provisions for handling personal data during a public health emergency such as a pandemic.

Its provisions are closer to the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) than the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Source: Revised, Washington State Privacy Legislation Moves Forward

EU Commission proposes Interim Regulation on the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of combatting child abuse

The European Commission published a proposal for a measures that would provide temporary exemptions from certain ePrivacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC) provisions communications service providers for the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of combatting child sexual abuse online.

At the moment eprivacy Directive does not provide such exemptions for voluntary processing of data by telecommunication service providers.The proposal would allow communications providers to use technologies to detect, report and remove child sexual abuse material.

Source: Interim Regulation on the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of combatting child sexual abuse | Shaping Europe’s digital future

California Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Social Media Companies to Obtain Parental Consent for California-based Children Under 13

On September 8, 2020, AB 1138 , the Parent’s Accountability and Child Protection Act, was enrolled and presented to the California Governor for signature.

If signed into law by the Governor, the bill would require a business that operates a social media website or application, beginning July 1, 2021, to obtain verifiable parental consent for California-based children that the business “actually knows” are under 13 years of age.

Source: California Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Social Media Companies to Obtain Parental Consent for California-based Children Under 13

Portland, Oregon Becomes First Jurisdiction in U.S. to Ban the Commercial Use of Facial Recognition Technology

On September 9, 2020, Portland, Oregon became the first jurisdiction in the country to ban the commercial use of facial recognition technology in public places within the city, including stores, restaurants and hotels.

The city Ordinance was unanimously passed by the Portland City Council and will take effect on January 1, 2021. Beginning January 1, 2021, “private entities” will be prohibited from using “face recognition technologies” in “places of public accommodation” within Portland, except (1) to the extent necessary to comply with federal, state or local laws; (2) for user verification purposes to access the user’s own personal or employer-issued communication and electronic devices; or (3) in automatic face detection services in social media applications.

Source: Portland, Oregon Becomes First Jurisdiction in U.S. to Ban the Commercial Use of Facial Recognition Technology

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