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Content Groups Warn FTC Over ‘Troubling’ Application of EU Privacy Law

The FTC is reviewing privacy regulations and has been holding a series of hearings, including one scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Groups representing producers, filmmakers and other content creators are warning the Federal Trade Commission over the unintended consequences of adopting sweeping online privacy laws akin to those in the European Union.

They contend that the sweeping measure restricts the availability of domain name data from a database overseen by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. They say that such information is critical to enforcement of online infringement.

Source: Content Groups Warn FTC Over ‘Troubling’ Application of EU Privacy Law – Variety

Hackers publish personal data on thousands of US police officers and federal agents

A hacker group has breached several FBI-affiliated websites and uploaded their contents to the web, including dozens of files containing the personal information of thousands of federal agents and law enforcement officers.

The hackers breached three sites associated with the FBI National Academy Association, a coalition of different chapters across the U.S. promoting federal and law enforcement leadership and training located at the FBI training academy in Quantico, VA.

The hackers then put up for download on their own website the data containing about 4,000 unique records, including member names, a mix of personal and government email addresses, job titles, phone numbers and their postal addresses.

Source: Hackers publish personal data on thousands of US police officers and federal agents | TechCrunch

Department of Justice Releases White Paper on CLOUD Act

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice released a white paper and FAQ on the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (“CLOUD”) Act, which was enacted in March 2018 and creates a new framework for government access to data held by technology companies worldwide.

The paper, titled “Promoting Public Safety, Privacy, and the Rule of Law Around the World: The Purpose and Impact of the CLOUD Act,” addresses the scope and purpose of the CLOUD Act and responds to 29 frequently asked questions about the Act.

Source: Department of Justice Releases White Paper on CLOUD Act

‘Privacy Is Becoming a Luxury’: What Data Leaks Are Like for the Poor

The last few years have featured some of the largest and most potentially damaging data leaks in history, like the Equifax credit breach. But low-income Americans often find themselves trading personal information for access to benefits ranging from food to housing to childcare.

“For low-income people, the stakes [of a data breach] are higher,” said Michele E. Gilman, director of the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic at the University of Baltimore, and a former Department of Justice civil rights attorney. She cited examples of former clients whose utilities were shut off after someone opened a false account in their name and failed to pay, or who were picked up on warrants for crimes committed by someone else under their name. For people without money to quickly reinstate a utility service or hire a criminal attorney, those types of errors—even if eventually rectified—can have long-lasting consequences, including job loss or child protective involvement.

Full article: ‘Privacy Is Becoming a Luxury’: What Data Leaks Are Like for the Poor – VICE

A new US bill would force companies to check their algorithms for bias

US lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require large companies to audit machine learning-powered systems — like facial recognition or ad targeting algorithms — for bias.

If passed, it would ask the Federal Trade Commission to create rules for evaluating “highly sensitive” automated systems. Companies would have to assess whether the algorithms powering these tools are biased or discriminatory, as well as whether they pose a privacy or security risk to consumers.

Source: A new bill would force companies to check their algorithms for bias – The Verge

Senators say US needs its own GDPR

An investigation into the Equifax data breach has condemned the company’s poor security standards and urged politicians in the States to look to the GDPR’s example to minimise chances of a similar breach taking place in future.

The 67-page report, which was put together by the US Senate, proposes that organisational mismanagement of personally identifiable data should be punished by law, as happens under the GDPR.

Source: Senators say US America needs its own GDPR

The state Senate version of the Washington Privacy Act: A summary

Washington is increasingly looking like it will become the second state in the U.S. to pass a comprehensive privacy statute, following California’s Consumer Privacy Act. Drafting the statute was a two-plus year process, during which the CCPA was passed and the EU General Data Protection Regulation went into effect.

Washington’s proposed privacy statute shares many foundational principles with these two privacy regimes, but it has notable distinctions. Importantly, it represents a new model for other states to consider as they draft their own comprehensive privacy laws.

Full article: The state Senate version of the Washington Privacy Act: A summary

GDPR continues to shine a light for US legislation

Washington DC is to introduce a new data privacy bill, in a further reminder of the GDPR’s power as a policy influencer for governments the world over.

The Whitehouse is now set to put regulations in place that are heavily modelled on the GDPR which came into being on May 25 th of last year. The rules will also galvanise requirements for data controllers’ handling of citizens within the District of Columbia.

Source: GDPR continues to shine a light for US legislation

White Paper on Principles for a Revised U.S. Privacy Framework

The Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has issued a white paper on Ten Principles for a Revised U.S. Privacy Framework.

CIPL believes that the use of personal information and privacy can most effectively be regulated at the federal level, and puts forward ten principles that should be included in any new federal privacy framework to ensure appropriate protection for consumers while facilitating the digital economy, innovation and the responsible use of data.

Download the full paper to read more about the principles and why these are essential for inclusion in a new federal U.S. privacy framework.

Source: CIPL Issues White Paper on Principles for a Revised U.S. Privacy Framework | Privacy & Information Security Law Blog

A Regulatory Tsunami Is Coming: Are You Prepared?

Compliance will be an increasingly challenging business issue in 2019. Consider the ‘Office of Compliance’ that Xerox already has to deal with the complexity.

We don’t yet know what form any new regulations might take or how they would affect individual companies. Luckily, the details are not necessary for businesses to begin building a better approach to compliance. The goal is to make managing compliance simultaneously easier and more consistent.

Full article: A Regulatory Tsunami Is Coming: Are You Prepared?

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