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Privacy Law Update: July 19, 2021

Jul 19, 2021 | Privacy Law Update

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Written by Rick Buck, Chief Privacy Officer, WireWheel

Newsworthy Updates

Update by the California Attorney General Could Be a Game-changer

The Office of the Attorney General of California made a small addition to its frequently asked questions page on the California Consumer Privacy Act that certainly did not go unnoticed. The update involved the Global Privacy Control, a signal delivered through a browser extension that automatically allows users to exercise their rights to opt out of the sale of their personal information.

Progress on Transatlantic Data Transfers? The Picture after the US-EU Summit

President Biden’s June 15 summit meeting in Brussels with EU leadership put cooperation on technology and trade at the forefront of the transatlantic relationship, but it did not yield a breakthrough in the ongoing negotiations to restore data transfers from Europe to the United States to a stable and durable footing.

No Extension to Panel on Personal Data Protection Bill – India

Chairperson, four members inducted in Council of Ministers. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday ruled out extension to Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 while announcing launch of a dedicated app for the House soon.

Singapore Makes Significant Changes to Data Privacy Legislation

Countries all over the globe have been changing their data privacy landscape to account for the information protection required in the digital age. Organizations are handling large amounts of personal data gathered from numerous sources. This will only increase as more apps, communication platforms, and websites deploying more targeted advertising emerge. To avoid mishandling of sensitive information and give consumers more control, privacy reform has been trending. Now Singapore has made the list, as major amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) passed in November 2020 and has completely refocused the country’s data privacy priorities.

The CJEU Did Not Rescind the One-stop Shop. Quite the Opposite.

Inaccurate media reports abounded shortly after the landmark judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the one-stop shop enforcement mechanism. Headlines after the judgment said “supervisory authorities can now take a company to court in their own country even when not lead authority” and that companies “can’t limit GDPR enforcement to lead watchdog,” thus undermining the OSS of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Contrary to these media reports, the judgment does not open the door wide for each supervisory authority to launch its own court proceeding regarding cross-border processing.

Pending Privacy Legislation

  • Ohio HB376: Ohio House Bill 376 was officially introduced. It was previously sitting for a while in draft form. It’s looking like the first hearing on this bill may not take place until Labor Day, at the earliest.
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