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Another Day, another large BIPA Settlement

It appears Snap has become the most recent company to pay a settlement for alleged violations of Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”).  The law, which gives consumers a private right of action, has become a popular class action and source of significant penalties.  Indeed, Snap joins a string of other companies that have already … Continue reading

OSFI’s Technology and Cyber Risk Management Guideline: Part 1

innovation circuit boardOn July 13, 2022, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released its final Guideline B-13 (the Guideline), setting out technology and cyber risk management expectations for all federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs), such as banks, insurance and trust companies. FRFIs will need ensure that they have taken steps to comply with the requirements … Continue reading

Practical steps for businesses to comply with Bill C-27: Part 1

The House of Commons recently introduced Bill C-27, the successor to Bill C-11, which died on the docket when Parliament was dissolved in the fall of 2021. Bill C-27 introduces three new acts: the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (“CPPA”), the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act, and the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act (“AIDA”), which … Continue reading

The aftermath of an incident – business considerations surrounding record-keeping

innovation circuit boardIn our previous publication, we discussed the legal obligations and procedural considerations surrounding maintaining records of privacy incidents. While the specific obligations vary by jurisdiction, maintaining some form of a record that tracks privacy incidents is a statutory obligation for private-sector organizations subject to Quebec, Alberta, or federal laws. Organizations should also be aware of … Continue reading

TSA Transitions To Results-Based Approach in Revised Pipeline Cybersecurity Directive In Response to Industry Feedback

The Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) announced on July 21, 2022 that it is transitioning to a less prescriptive and more result-based approach in its revised emergency cybersecurity directive for critical gas and liquid pipeline companies.  The Security Directive Pipeline-2021-02C (“SD02C”), effective July 27, 2022, represents a significant departure from the highly prescriptive requirements set forth … Continue reading

Bill C-26: a first step at reinforcing Canadian cybersecurity

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightOn June 14, the House of Commons introduced Bill C-26: An Act respecting cyber security, amending the Telecommunications Act and making consequential amendments to other Acts (Bill C-26). This bill is presented in two parts: The first is to amend the Telecommunications Act to promote the security of the Canadian telecommunications system; The second is to enact the Critical Cyber … Continue reading

UK GDPR Reform: government publishes response to consultation – likely to form basis of forthcoming UK Data Reform Bill

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has finally published the UK government’s long-awaited response to the consultation on the future of the UK data protection regime. The government set out very high level principles for a Data Reform Bill in the Queen’s Speech in May. If legislation is to be passed in this … Continue reading

The aftermath of an incident – why keeping records of data breaches and privacy incidents matters

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightAs privacy incidents and security breaches involving personal information become increasingly frequent, organizations are more and more aware of the importance of implementing a robust privacy program to mitigate the risks and impacts of such incidents. While this preparation is important, organizations must also consider the aftermath of a privacy incident. In this first blog … Continue reading

Maybe This Time : Federal Government Proposes the American Data Privacy and Protection Act

On Friday, June 3, 2022, the Senate and House released a draft of the American Data Privacy and Protection Act, (ADPPA), a watershed privacy bill that would introduce a federal standard.  Currently, a hodgepodge of industry-specific and state laws make up the backbone of American privacy regulations and rights, so a national framework for privacy … Continue reading

CPRA Rulemaking Delayed – California Privacy Protection Agency Meets and Previews CPRA Rulemaking Timeline

On February 17, 2022 the California Privacy Protection Agency’s Board (“Board”) met to discuss their progress launching the new agency.  They also shared their projected timeline for rulemaking.  The California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) is the new agency charged with enforcing the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA).   The big news is that the Board … Continue reading

Rejecting cookies should be as easy as accepting cookies: new sanctions by the French authority (CNIL)

The French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) continues its campaign against companies that do not respect the rules relating to cookies and other trackers, which the CNIL has previously reminded the market about in multiple communications and decisions. The CNIL has already issued four sets of formal notices to over 90 organizations of various sizes … Continue reading

Belgian DPA fines IAB Europe over its consent framework’s GDPR violations

innovation circuit boardOn 2 February 2022, the Belgian Data Protection Authority (the BDPA) fined IAB Europe for various infringements in relation to the IAB Transparency and Consent Framework. This decision could have a huge impact on the majority of players in the online adtech ecosystem who rely on the framework. Background The Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe’s (IAB) … Continue reading

Illinois Supreme Court Rules that Compensation Act is not a bar to BIPA Damages

Cyber authorities sound the alarmIllinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) is considered the most comprehensive law governing the processing of biometric data. Passed in 2008, BIPA sets out requirements for private entities, including employers, that collect, use, store, and share biometric information.  It’s also one of the most popular class action suits today – hundreds, if not thousands of … Continue reading

Privacy legislation reform: Bill 64 has now been passed

Bill 64, which purports to modernise Québec’s privacy legislation, was recently passed. This sweeping reform of the province’s framework for processing personal information hinges on three main axes: increased obligations for enterprises that collect or otherwise process personal information, the creation of new rights for persons whose information is collected, and the imposition of far … Continue reading

UK Government sets out proposals to shake up UK data protection laws

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightOn 10 September 2021, the UK Government published its consultation paper on proposals to reform the UK’s data protection regime.  The deadline for responding to the consultation is 19 November 2021. In August, the Government announced that it intended to “seize the opportunity” afforded by the UK’s exit from the European Union to makes some … Continue reading

Over-retention of personal data

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogThe declining cost of electronic data storage may have caused some company executives to conclude that retaining personal data forever is “cheap.”  Perhaps the CNIL’s  €1.75 million (USD $2,051,930) penalty for over-retention will lead to a different view. The matter involved one of France’s largest insurers, SGAM AG2R LA MONDIALE, which was subject to an … Continue reading

PIPL: A game changer for companies in China

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightChina passed its Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) on 20 August 2021. This is China’s first omnibus data protection law, and will take effect from 1 November 2021 allowing companies just over two months to prepare themselves. The PIPL is a game changer for any company with data or business in China. It will add … Continue reading

China passes the Personal Information Protection Law

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightChina passed its Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) on 20 August 2021.  The new law will take effect from 1 November 2021 allowing companies just over 2 months to prepare themselves. The full text has not been made public yet. In addition, China published the Provisions on the Administration of Security of Automobile Data (For … Continue reading

Top practical tips on the preservation, collection and review of mobile data in investigations.

Cyber authorities sound the alarmRemote working has accelerated the merger of work and private data, particularly on mobile phones and instant messaging services such as WhatsApp. While employees are performing their jobs, mobile access may be putting their employers at risk – because work-related communications on unapproved platforms are frequently not preserved in accordance with regulatory requirements (where applicable), … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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

Data Protection Report - digital privacy, CCPA and cybersecurityOn 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 … Continue reading

Virginia’s new Consumer Data Protection Act

On March 2, 2021, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia signed into law the Consumer Data Protection Act, which contains many elements of California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2023. But first, you need to determine whether the law … Continue reading
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