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Privacy Law Update: September 27, 2021

Sep 27, 2021 | Privacy Law Update

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Written by Rick Buck, Chief Privacy Officer, WireWheel

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Newsworthy Updates

Mixed Messaging Around Progress Toward EU-US Data Transfer Solution

Politico reports the future of EU-U.S. data transfers is unclear based on different messaging from the parties involved. While U.S. officials continue speaking positively about finding a data transfer solution, EU officials are on record as saying a deal is not close and is far from certain to be closed by year’s end. U.S. national security laws and agencies’ ability to access personal data remain the biggest sticking point from the EU perspective.

California Privacy Agency Seeks Comments On Proposed CPRA Rulemaking

The California Privacy Protection Agency is welcoming comments on proposed rulemaking under the California Privacy Rights Act. The CPPA is particularly interested in comments on data processing that presents significant risks to consumers’ privacy, automated decision making and consumers’ right to manage their personal information. “Comments will assist the Agency in developing new regulations, determining whether changes to existing regulations are necessary, and achieving the law’s regulatory objectives in the most effective manner,” the agency said. The deadline to submit comments is Nov. 8.

Brazilian Government Launches Data Protection Guide

Brazil’s government launched a data protection guide to promote awareness with the general public, ZDNet reports. Created in cooperation with the national data protection authority, the report details the rights of data users, including the right to opt out, how to protect personal information and what steps to take if they have been involved in a data breach. The report also outlines steps organizations “should act in relation to personal data.

UK ICO’s Denham ‘optimistic’ About Global Data Convergence

In her five years as U.K. information commissioner, and as chair of the Global Privacy Assembly, Elizabeth Denham said she has never been so “optimistic” about international data convergence as she is today. During a forum hosted by Sidley Austin Partners Alan Charles Raul and William Long, Denham talked of a global “convergence of ideas” on data protection, achieving a “21st century solution for data flows,” and more, IAPP Staff Writer Jennifer Bryant reports. “I’ve never been so optimistic about the world coming together,” Denham said.

Senate Democrats Call On FTC To Fix Data Privacy ‘Crisis’

Senate Democrats are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to write new rules to protect consumer data privacy in a new letter to the agency authored on Monday.  The letter, led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and signed by eight other Democratic senators, was sent to FTC Chair Lina Khan Monday, calling on the agency to “begin a rulemaking process” on privacy. Specifically, the senators are requesting that the FTC pen new rules addressing privacy, civil rights, and the collection of consumer data.

Privacy Legislation

No substantive legislative updates this week.

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