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New German fine: EUR 10.4 million for unlawful CCTV

A German state data protection authority has issued a fine of EUR 10.4m against a mid-size online retailer who allegedly violated the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by monitoring their employees using CCTV. The State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (Landesbeauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit) of Lower Saxony (the State Commissioner) … Continue reading

COVID tracing & AI: Physically distant, socially together

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightAs the second wave of COVID-19 spreads across Canada, the use of COVID-19 tracing apps is on the rise. For example, the Government of Canada released COVID Alert–an app using Bluetooth technology to help people report positive diagnoses, and control the spread of the virus. The success of the app depends on a high quantity … Continue reading

Just when you thought it was safe—California AG issues proposed CCPA regulation changes

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogThe California Attorney General has just issued some proposed revisions to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regulations and our readers may be surprised by one of the proposed changes.  You may recall that California’s Office of Administrative Law (OAL) had rejected some the proposed CCPA regulations during the summer, but accepted most of them.  … Continue reading

Thermal cameras and COVID-19 – The German DPAs have spoken

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogOn September 11, 2020, the German Datenschutzkonferenz (DSK), the joint body of the German data protection authorities, published its position on the use of thermal cameras and electronic temperature checks in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite voicing general criticisms of body temperature checking in the context of COVID-19, the DSK stated that it … Continue reading

NYAG Proposed Settlement for Credential Stuffing Attacks with 3-Business-Day Access Request Response

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogOn September 15, 2020, the New York Attorney General (NYAG) announced a proposed settlement with Dunkin’ Brands, relating to brute force and credential stuffing attacks against members’ online accounts (including stored value cards). Dunkin’ does not admit or deny any of the NYAG’s allegations in the complaint. (New York v. Dunkin’ Brands, No. 451787/2019 (N.Y. … Continue reading

Schrems II: recent developments – waiting is harder

In the immediate aftermath of the Schrems II judgement, Bruno Gencarelli (Head of the International data flows and protection unit at the European Commission) said that “Schrems II is data transfers from theory to practice”.  There have been several major developments over the last couple of weeks (explained below) which show this to be an … Continue reading

An “enhanced” Privacy Shield is being negotiated – third time a charm?

On 10 August, the European Commission and the US Department of Commerce confirmed that talks have begun between the EU and US for an “enhanced” Privacy Shield. This will be the third attempt to revise this framework, following the invalidation of Safe Harbor in 2015 and Privacy Shield in July 2020. Third time a charm? … Continue reading

Cell phones, robocalls, and text messages – two pronouncements

On July 6, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the federal law that prohibits “robocalls” to cell phones but struck down the exception for collection of debts owed to the federal government.  (Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, No. 19–631 (July 6, 2020) (2020 WL 3633780).)  Previously, on June 25, a Bureau … Continue reading

Schrems II judgement due in July – what this might mean for your outsourcing deal

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightJust when we thought our summers might have been looking a bit dull, it was announced that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will be making its final ruling in Case C-311/18, Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland & Schrems on 16 July 2020.  This judgement concerns the legality of the European … Continue reading

Selling and utilising personal data in an insolvency situation

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightMany businesses are suffering serious financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19, particularly those in the retail, hospitality and tourism sectors.  For many of these businesses the one asset that will undoubtedly retain value, despite the pandemic, will be their customer database.  This valuable commodity could help attract potential purchasers. But this is a tricky … Continue reading

How to process employees’ health data in France after lockdown: dos and don’ts for employers

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogA few weeks ago, we provided you with a summary of the rights and obligations of employers with regard to the personal data of their employees during lockdown. On 11 May, many employees will return to their workplaces. Below you will find answers to the main questions you may have ahead as the end of … Continue reading

StopCovid: the French contact-tracing app

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogFollowing the example of many European countries, the French government plans to introduce a contact tracing app, known as “StopCovid”.  The app is designed to be used by people once they leave the confinement of their homes with the aim of preventing the spread of COVID-19. StopCovid is being developed within the INRIA, the French … Continue reading

Irish data protection authority launches new cookie guidance and indicates cookie investigations are on the horizon

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogLast week, the Irish Data Protection Commission (“DPC”) published its much anticipated guidance note on cookies and similar tracking technologies (the “Guidance”).  It also published a report following a “cookie sweep” that took place between August 2019 and December 2019 of 38 data controllers (the “Report”).  The cookie sweep requested information from the data controllers … Continue reading

Obtaining and sharing employee health status information in a pandemic

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogEmployers across the world are facing extremely difficult challenges in keeping their workplaces safe for their employees, contractors and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the prevailing instinct is likely to be to protect and to prevent the spread of the virus at all costs, under data protection laws this still needs to be weighed … Continue reading

NYDFS Requires COVID-19 Plans by April 9

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogOn March 10, 2020, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued guidance to all of its regulated institutions engaged in virtual currency business activity, requiring them to have plans for preparedness to manage the possible operational and financial risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. NYDFS requires the plans to be submitted by Thursday, April 9, … Continue reading

Personal data protection in the time of coronavirus (Covid-19)

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogOutbreak of the coronavirus and personal data privacy The fast-spreading coronavirus (Covid-19) has infected thousands of people in China and in over 20 other countries. This coronavirus outbreak, originating in Wuhan, a large city located in the central region of China, has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World … Continue reading

Application by Privacy Commissioner To Shed Light on Judicial Enforcement of PIPEDA

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightRecent legal action by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) will shed light on the Federal Court’s willingness to enforce and monitor compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). On February 6, the OPC filed a notice of application (the Application) in the Federal Court seeking a declaration … Continue reading

The CNIL releases draft practical guidance on cookies consent

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightThe CNIL has published draft recommendations on how to obtain consent when placing cookies. This is following the publication of its revised “Guidelines on the implementation of cookies or similar tracking technologies” which was published in July 2019 (see our article here). The objective of the recommendations is to provide stakeholders with practical guidance and … Continue reading

Changes to Hong Kong’s data protection law discussed by government panel

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightThe discussion paper on the proposed changes to Hong Kong’s Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap.486) (the PDPO) was debated by the  Legislative Council’s Panel on Constitutional Affairs’ (the Panel) on 20 January. The proposals set out in LC Paper. No. CB(2) 512/19-20(03) (the Paper) are summarised in our earlier post.… Continue reading

The Privacy Officers’ New Year’s Resolutions

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose Fulbright1. Brace yourself (for export turbulence) 2020 could well be a year of data export turmoil – so brace yourself. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will determine the validity of the EU Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) (Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillan Schrems) whilst the General Court of the … Continue reading

Schrems II: AG deems SCCs valid but comes up with difficult new obligations and expresses “doubts” over privacy shield

What has happened? Yesterday, the Advocate General (“AG”) concluded that, in his opinion, the EU Standard Contractual Clauses (“SCCs”) are a valid mechanism to transfer personal data outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”). However, the AG suggested new obligations for those using SCCs. They need to examine the national security laws of the country … Continue reading
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