Google/Android announces privacy requirements

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Google announced that it will follow industry standards with respect to privacy obligations. All developers with apps on Google Play will be required to disclose the type of data collected and stored and how such data is used by Q2 of 2022. These are in addition to other elements, such as security practices, data deletion upon uninstallation of app, etc.

Violators, according to Google, will be required to fix identified violations; failure to do so could result in policy enforcement.

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DSAR – No copy of work emails required in Germany

German Federal Labour Court dismissed employee’s claim

On 27 April 2021, the German Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, the Federal Court) held that employees cannot request their employer to provide them with copies of all (i) the employee’s entire email correspondence; and (ii) any emails mentioning the employee by name.

The Federal Court said that under applicable civil procedural rules the request was not specific enough – it was not possible precisely identify the emails such that any order could be enforced. The court chose to base its decision on civil proceedings laws, not on data protection law.… Continue Reading

NYDFS settles cybersecurity regulation matter for $3 million

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On April 14, 2021, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced a $3 million settlement with insurance company National Securities Corp. (NSC), relating to violations of three different requirements of the NYDFS cybersecurity regulation during the period 2018 to 2020.… Continue Reading

EDPB cautiously welcomes UK adequacy finding

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Yesterday, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published its opinion on the European Commission’s draft Decision that the UK ensures an adequate level of protection for personal data (the Opinion).  The Opinion was adopted by the EDPB on 13 April 2021, a couple of days before the Opinion’s official publication on 15 April 2021.

The EDPB recognises that the UK’s adequacy assessment is unique given it was an EU Member State until very recently and therefore acknowledges there are many areas of convergence between the UK and EU regimes.   However, much of the Opinion examines a number of “challenges” with … Continue Reading

Don’t let Apple determine your app’s fate

Apple, in centralizing control over data collected on iOS, is rejecting apps from the App Store, essentially 50,000 apps at a time.

Apple, in centralizing control over data collected on iOS, is rejecting apps from the App Store, essentially 50,000 apps at a time.

For example, the App Store recently rejected updates to an app that used a third party software development kit (“SDK”) from Adjust. As a result of the SDK and according to Apple (as reported by Forbes):

“[Your app]…collects user and device information to create a unique identifier for the user’s device [via fingerprinting] … Per section 3.3.9 of the Apple Developer Program License Agreement, neither you nor your app can use any permanent, device-based identifier … for … Continue Reading

Navigating Virginia’s new privacy law

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Virginia recently enacted its own data protection/privacy law and like its European and Californian predecessors, the technical piece is key.

Like the GDPR and CCPA, the Consumer Data Protection Act (“CDPA”), which goes into effect on January 1, 2023, broadly defines “personal data” as “any information that is linked or reasonably linkable to an identified or identifiable natural person.” The law also requires controllers to conduct a data protection assessment and implement technical data security practices.

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To be or not to be . . . an “autodialer”

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On April 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the question whether the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (TCPA) definition of “autodialer”

encompasses equipment that can “store” and dial telephone numbers, even if the device does not “us[e] a random or sequential number generator.” It does not. To qualify as an “automatic telephone dialing system,” a device must have the capacity either to store a telephone number using a random or sequential generator or to produce a telephone number using a random or sequential number generator.

Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid, No. 19-511 (April 1, 2021) (2021 WL 1215717).


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New York State imposes a US$1.5 million penalty in cybersecurity breach case

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On March 3, 2021, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced a Consent Order with a NYDFS-licensed Maine-based mortgage banker and loan servicer settling alleged violations of the NYDFS cybersecurity regulations. (In the matter of Residential Mortgage Services, Inc., March 3, 2021).

The Consent Order required RMS to pay $1.5 million, and within 90 days, submit to NYDFS all of the following: a comprehensive written Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan; a comprehensive cyber risk assessment; RMS’ risked-based policies, procedures and controls; and documentation on its more recent cyber training.

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Privacy commissioners take position on using facial recognition technology

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In a joint investigation report, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, together with the commissioners of BC, Alberta, and Quebec concluded that Clearview AI violated Canadians’ privacy rights under federal and provincial privacy laws by scraping billons of images of people available online to be continually used in what amounted to a virtual “police lineup.” They found Clearview collected highly sensitive information without the knowledge or consent of individuals, and did so for an inappropriate purpose.

Several key considerations informed the commissioners’ views.

Online data is protected

Heavy reliance on social media, and on the readily available personal information … Continue Reading