Global News Roundup — April 8–15, 2019

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In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, learn about the European Commission’s study on data protection certification mechanisms under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality VÄ›ra Jourová explains why the U.S. government needs to adopt stronger privacy laws, Hong Kong may be preparing to alert its position on the enforcement of data breaches, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced it plans to revise its policy position on trans-border data flows under the Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act.  

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California Senate Bill 561, the proposed bill created to expand the private right of action under the California Consumer Privacy Act, has been referred by the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee to the Senate Appropriations Committee by a 6-2 vote.
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Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman signed the Data Protection Act and the Accompanying Act into law.
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The European Commission released its study on data protection certification mechanisms under the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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The European Data Protection Board announced it will accept comments on Guidelines 2/2019 on the processing of personal data under Article 6(1)(b) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation until May 24.
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Ghana Minister of Communication Ursula Owusu-Ekuful announced the country’s government intends to launch a Cyber Security Authority to handle cyber incidents.
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Amendments to Massachusetts’ Data Breach Notification Law went into effect April 11.
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Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced the “Privacy Bill of Rights Act.”
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A Russian court fined Facebook approximately $47 for violations of the country’s data localization rules.
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The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office has proposed standards that would prohibit children from “liking” posts on social media platforms.
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ICYMI

In this post for Privacy Tracker, Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal Partner Diego Fernández looks at the findings of Argentina’s Agency of Access to Public Information Annual Report 2018.
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In this post for Privacy Tracker, GCA Advogados Partner Ana Carolina Cagnoni, CIPP/E, looks at the current state of Brazilian data protection rules and the upcoming future of the country’s General Data Protection Law.
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Almost a year into the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, Falck A/S Legal Counsel Natalija Bitiukova, CIPP/E, CIPM, FIP, offers a look at Lithuania’s implementation efforts and discusses ongoing and upcoming investigations scheduled for the year ahead.
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In this article for The Privacy Advisor, Santa Clara University’s Cyrus Borhani, CIPP/US, and Justin Banda report on Spain’s approval of a controversial data protection law to facilitate compliance with the country’s law to the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the concern that the rule application has deviated from the GDPR’s intended effect.
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ASIA-PACIFIC

Australia’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement has asked the government to be more transparent regarding plans to allow state and territory law enforcement access to the country’s face-matching service.
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In a blog entry for Ince Gordon Dadds, Managing Associate Simon Cheng, CIPM, and Trainee Solicitor Suki Fung speculate that Hong Kong is preparing to alter its position on the enforcement of data breaches.
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CANADA

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced it plans to revise its policy position on trans-border data flows under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
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The Canadian government is “actively considering� regulations against social media companies.
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EUROPE

In an interview with Digiday, European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli discussed the landscape of EU General Data Protection Regulation adoption among media and advertising businesses.
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Ireland’s Data Protection Commission determined Irish citizens do not have the “absolute right” to have their names spelled correctly in public records.
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At the 12th annual Data Protection Practitioners’ Conference, U.K. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation is at a “critical stage.�
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US

In a post for Politico, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová explains why the U.S. government needs to adopt stronger privacy laws.
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Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., sponsored the Algorithmic Accountability Act, with Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., sponsoring a House of Representatives equivalent.
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A bill introduced by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., would prohibit the use of alleged deceptive practices by social media companies.
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The U.S. Department of Justice announced the release of a white paper on the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act.
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a restoration bill to reinstate net neutrality rules with a 232-190 vote.
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U.S. lawmakers held hearings regarding content moderation as the conversation continues around how to regulate big tech while protecting free speech.
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A coalition of advertising trade groups has joined forces to work with Congress on a federal U.S. privacy bill.
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As the U.S. Federal Trade Commission holds a series of hearings to review privacy regulations, CreativeFuture has raised concern over adopting laws similar to the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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