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BIPA Year in Review: Where Are We Now and What’s Coming Next?

2022 has been a record year for Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) litigation. Since its enactment in 2008, BIPA has been one of the most litigated privacy-related laws with some of the highest penalties. However, it wasn’t until last month that the first BIPA jury verdict was ever rendered.  The award, a whopping $228 … Continue reading

Canada’s artificial intelligence legislation is here

On 16 June 2022 the Canadian federal government introduced Bill C-27, also known as the Digital Charter Implementation Act 2022. If passed, this package of laws will: Implement Canada’s first artificial intelligence (AI) legislation, the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act (AIDA). Reform Canadian privacy law, replacing the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act with … Continue reading

Points to note on the European Commission’s questions and answers on the Revised Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs)

On May 25th 2022, the European Commission published a series of questions and answers on the SCCs to be used between controllers and processors within the European Economic Area (EEA), and the SCCs to be used for transfers to countries not considered adequate by the European Commission (Third Countries) (the Q&As). The text of the … Continue reading

EDPB publishes guidance on calculating GDPR fines

On 12 May 2022 EDPB adopted Guidelines on the calculation of administrative fines (the Guidelines).  The Guidelines supplement the Article 29 Working Party’s Guidelines on the application and setting of administrative fines (WP253) adopted in October 2017 and recommends that the two are read together.  Whereas the previous guidance set out general principles for when … Continue reading

The EU’s Data Act: Capstone of the EU Data Strategy

On 23 February 2022 the EU Commission published its long-awaited Data Act, the last major building block of the Commission’s February 2020 Data Strategy. The Data Act: Is an ambitious piece of legislation with implications for consumers and businesses across the economy, not limited to the technology sector. Aims to facilitate access to data by … Continue reading

Privacy in a Parallel Digital Universe: The Metaverse

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightFor many years, the immersive three-dimensional digital world has been left to the cinematic experience. However, the emergence of the metaverse presents an opportunity to translate everyday activities – working, attending a concert, travelling, shopping, socializing – into a parallel digital universe. The metaverse is an abstract concept that uses a digital environment to permeate … Continue reading

Where data meets IP – Derivative data in M&A transactions

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogWith the growth of the high-tech industry worldwide, it is no surprise that more and more transactions involve the transfer of rights to access or control data and derivative data. In our previous update we discussed protecting business data in a commercial context. In the M&A context, this valuable information is either the driving force of … Continue reading

Are you critical? Amendments to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act (2018) dramatically expand its scope and impact across Australian industry

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightIntroduction Significant changes to the law with respect to security of critical infrastructure in Australia, including enhanced cybersecurity incident reporting requirements and the inclusion of further asset classes have been passed. On 22 November 2021, the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2021 (Bill) passed both houses of the federal parliament of Australia and will … Continue reading

Transfer data outside of China: New security review regulation companies should know

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogThe Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released the draft Security Review Measures for Cross-Border Data Transfer (the Draft Security Review Measures) for public comments on 29 October 2021 – shortly before the effective date of the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), 1 November 2021. The three pillars of China’s cyber security and data legislation – … Continue reading

Good news for data controllers: Lloyd v Google Supreme Court decision

Data Protection Report - digital privacy, CCPA and cybersecurityOn 10 November 2021, the UK Supreme Court handed down the much anticipated judgment in Lloyd v Google LLC [2021] UKSC 50, unanimously allowing Google’s appeal and reversing the decision of the Court of Appeal. In summary, the Supreme Court ruled that damages for “loss of control” are not available for breach of the Data … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Cities: The Right of Private Action in Data Protection in Singapore and Hong Kong

The Singapore High Court and the Hong Kong District Court have both considered the right to compensation for injury to feelings in two recent cases involving misuse of personal data but arrived at different conclusions. Singapore: In Bellingham, Alex v. Reed, Michael, Mr. Bellingham obtained the email addresses of his former employers’ customers without their … Continue reading

Where data meets IP – protecting business data in a commercial context

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightIn our previous publication, we discussed how a business’ data can be protected by characterizing it as intellectual property and protecting it as such. One of the most common ways to protect business data in a commercial context is through license agreements that impose contractual controls on the scope of protection of such data, as … Continue reading

US Senate considers mandating 24-hour reporting requirement for ransom payments

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogOn September 28, 2021, the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released a draft bill that would, among other things, require nearly all entities that make a ransom payment as the result of a ransomware attack against the entity to report the payment to the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency … Continue reading

The UK National AI Strategy: Regulation, Data Protection and IPR in the Mix

The UK Government has published its National AI Strategy. Click here to read more about what the National AI Strategy says about AI regulation, and its implications for data protection in the UK. In this detailed blog we examine three discrete issues addressed in it (AI regulation, data protection and intellectual property rights) and we … 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

Where Data Meets IP

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightHow do you balance sharing and protecting your business’ data? Unlike tangible assets, which can be protected primarily through physical means, intangible assets such as data require additional considerations. One key strategy to protect your business’ data is to characterize, and protect, that data as intellectual property. Data as IP Copyright Original compilations of data … Continue reading

The UK Government unveils its post-Brexit plans to shake up data protection laws

On 26 August 2021, in a move that puts it on a potential collision course with the EU, the UK Government made a number of announcements relating to the future of the UK’s data protection regime, with the stated intention of “seizing the opportunity” by “developing a world leading data policy that will deliver a … Continue reading

Ontario moves towards introducing new privacy law

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightGiven global trends in the development of privacy laws and enforcement, Canada and several provinces are looking at modernizing their respective privacy regimes. Ontario’s new proposed privacy law, which would govern commercial activities more broadly than current legislation (i.e., our federal legislation, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), and Ontario’s health privacy … Continue reading

China’s evolving data laws: PIPL likely to be passed soon

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogChina’s much anticipated Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) is very likely to pass this month after the conclusion of the 30th meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, which is to be held in Beijing on 17-20 August. This follows the enactment earlier this year of the Data Security Law (DSL), which … Continue reading

Subject Access Request: Germany’s highest court widens the scope of data subject access requests in Germany

Germany’s highest civil court, the Federal Court Of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, the FCJ), has just published a decision specifying the scope of data subject access requests (DSARs). The FCJ held that Article 15 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has a broader scope than previously understood in Germany. Pursuant to the court’s decision, Article 15 … Continue reading

Hong Kong: Bill to amend the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance to combat doxxing acts was gazetted today

The Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Bill 2021 (the Bill) was gazetted today, 16 July 2021. The Bill aims to combat doxxing acts through (i) criminalisation of doxxing acts; (ii) empowering the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data to conduct criminal investigation and institute prosecution for doxxing cases; and (iii) conferring on the Commissioner statutory powers to … Continue reading

EDPB cautiously welcomes UK adequacy finding

Norton Rose Fulbright - Data Protection Report blogYesterday, 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 … Continue reading
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