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Belgian court orders Facebook to stop tracking non-members, rejects FB’s assertion of lack of jurisdiction

On November 9, 2015, the President of the Brussels Court of First Instance ordered Facebook to stop tracking non-members in Belgium without their consent. The court imposed a penalty of EUR 250,000 per day for non-compliance. The proceeding is the result of a formal recommendation that the Belgian Privacy Commission (BPC) issued in May 2015 … Continue reading

Reports suggest US-EU agreement on cross-border data transfers near, but will it stick?

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightIt is being reported that the EU and the US have reached an agreement in principle on the revised cross-border data transfer framework, commonly referred to as Safe Harbor 2.0. Both sides expect further progress on the specifics in November of this year. Some of the thornier issues, however,regarding US surveillance activities, that are critical to addressing the concerns … Continue reading

Schrems Counterpoint: ECJ has good reasons to reject Safe Harbor invalidation

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightThe European Court of Justice (ECJ) is expected to rule on Case C-362/14 (the “Schrems” case) on October 6, 2015.  In deciding whether to reject or adopt its Advocate General’s recommendation to invalidate the US-EU Safe Harbor, the ECJ finds itself between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Rejecting the Safe Harbor would lead to uncertainty in the ongoing … Continue reading

European Court of Justice Advocate General’s Advisory Opinion in Schrems case questions validity of personal data transfers under EU/US Safe Harbor framework

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightOn September 22, 2015,  the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) Advocate General issued an advisory Opinion in Case C-362/14 (the “Schrems” case). A key recommendation was for the ECJ to declare the EU/US Safe Harbor Agreement invalid. It remains to be seen whether the ECJ will follow this recommendation. The controversial nature of the Safe … Continue reading

Dutch Data Protection Authority publishes consultation version of guidelines on breach notice law

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightOn the heels of the enactment of the Dutch breach notice law, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP) published a consultation document with draft guidelines on the breach notice obligation of data controllers in the Netherlands. Under the law, data controllers are required to provide notice of data breaches to the CBP and, under certain circumstances, to … Continue reading

Former Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddard to headline a privacy event at Norton Rose Fulbright’s Montreal office

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightOn September 25, 2015, Jennifer Stoddard will visit Norton Rose Fulbright in Montreal to discuss the proposed sweeping reforms to Quebec’s legislation governing access to information and protection of personal information in the public sector. These reforms include proactive publication of government information at all levels, including studies and statistics in health and education and … Continue reading

NLRB asserts employers must bargain with unions on breach response

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightThe U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently filed complaints against the United States Postal Service (USPS), alleging that the USPS violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by failing to collectively bargain with its employees’ union regarding the postal service’s response to a 2014 data breach that reportedly affected over 800,000 current and former … Continue reading

NAIC adopts cybersecurity guidance for insurance regulators and the insurance industry

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightThe National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”), a standards-setting organization comprised of insurance regulators from across all U.S. jurisdictions, has recently adopted twelve Principles for Effective Cybersecurity Insurance Regulatory Guidance (the “Principles”).  The Principles arrive in in the wake of the prominent Anthem data breach, highlighting the importance of protecting sensitive personal data in the … Continue reading

Dispute resolution mechanisms for SAs and individuals are key part of proposed EU regulation

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightThis is Part 5 — the final part — of a five-part series on the “One Stop Shop” mechanism in the proposed new European data protection regulation. In Part 1 we examined why there is a need for a One Stop Shop, and what it is. In Part 2 we examined the concept of main establishment and the position of entities without … Continue reading

EU regulation proposal seeks to encourage consistency in data protection enforcement

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightThis is Part 4 of a five-part series on the “One Stop Shop” mechanism in the proposed new European data protection regulation. In Part 1 we examined why there is a need for a One Stop Shop, and what it is. In Part 2 we examined the concept of main establishment and the position of entities without an EU establishment. In Part … Continue reading

EU focuses on authority of SAs to enforce “One Stop Shop,” proposes a replacement for WP29

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightThis is Part 3 of a five-part series on the “One Stop Shop” mechanism in the proposed new European data protection regulation. In Part 1 we examined why there is a need for a One Stop Shop, and what it is. In Part 2 we examined the concept of main establishment and the position of entities without … Continue reading

EU’s “One Stop Shop” Proposal Focuses on “Main Establishment” as Nexus of DPA Enforcement Authority

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightThis is Part 2 of a five-part series on the “One Stop Shop” mechanism in the proposed new European data protection regulation. In Part 1 we examined why there is a need for a One Stop Shop, and what it is. In this Part we examine the concept of main establishment and the position of entities without … Continue reading

UK Court of Appeal Establishes Data Protection Rights in Privacy Case

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightA recent English Court of Appeal judgment could significantly broaden the circumstances in which data protection litigation can be brought – and damages can be awarded – under English law. Background Vidal-Hall et al v Google ([2015] EWCA Civ 311) involves claims brought by three individual users against Google. The users alleged that Google collected private … Continue reading

Ontario Court of Appeal finds patients’ common law privacy rights not preempted by statute; allows class action to proceed

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightIn a recent case involving a breach of patients’ privacy rights — Hopkins v Kay,[i] — the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that a proposed class action could proceed based on allegations of violation of patients’ common law privacy rights, concluding that those rights were not preempted by the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). … Continue reading

German draft bill to authorize privacy “class actions”

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightThe German government recently released a draft bill seeking to grant authority to the country’s consumer and business associations to enforce compliance with data protection laws. Because the proposed draft bill appears to have received support from the governing parties, we believe there is a high probability of the bill being enacted in the near … Continue reading

White House presses for robust sharing of cyber-threat information

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightOn February 13, 2015, President Obama spoke forcefully on cybersecurity threats at the Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Summit, and signed an Executive Order designed to encourage the sharing of cyber-threat information through the formation of “hubs” – Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs). The President observed that much of the United States’ critical infrastructure runs … Continue reading

Privacy action in Russia indicates enforcement focus on Western companies

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightAccording to news reports in Russia, the Russian Federation’s data protection authority – Roscomnadzor – may be targeting Western companies for enforcement action. What appears to be the first enforcement action of this kind is directed at Twitter. At the heart of the action is an assertion by the head of Roscomnadzor that, while Twitter … Continue reading

Anthem breach poses significant cybersecurity risks for Anthem’s customers; may trigger legal obligations

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightOrganizations whose employees are insured by Anthem or whose self-insured health plans are administered by Anthem should consider steps to mitigate the cybersecurity and legal risk arising from the breach recently reported by Anthem. The hackers who perpetrated the Anthem breach are likely to use the personal information they took for further cyberattacks against affected … Continue reading

China requires providers to enforce real-name registration and ban on “harmful” usernames

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightThe Cyberspace Administration of China announced on February 4, 2015 new regulations requiring Internet users to register accounts under their real names for social network sites like blogs, discussion forums, comment sections, instant messaging, and related services. The rules impose the obligation to enforce the restrictions on affected businesses, including Western companies operating in China. The new regulations come … Continue reading

Cybersecurity incident notification bill introduced in the Netherlands

Data Protection Report - Norton Rose FulbrightOn January 22, 2015, the Netherlands proposed legislation introducing breach notification requirements for critical infrastructure industries, including utilities (electricity, gas and drinking water), telecom, financial services, government (surface-water management bodies) and transport (main ports Rotterdam and Schiphol airport). The proposed law would require notification in the event of a breach of security or loss of … Continue reading
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