U.S. Senators Introduce New Bill to Protect Minors Online – The Kids Online Safety Act

As President Biden calls for stronger online privacy protections for children, Congress has been busy at work to answer the bell. On February 16, 2022, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) & Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced their highly anticipated bill aimed at protecting children’s health and well-being online – the Kids Online…

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Use of Google Analytics by EU Websites Violates GDPR

Introduction On 13 January 2022, the Austrian Data Protection Authority (“DSB“) ruled that the use of Google Analytics (“GA”) and the resulting export of personal data to the United States (“US”) violates the GDPR’s data export requirements. On 10 February 2022 the French data protection authority (“CNIL”) also confirmed that…

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SEC Focus on Cybersecurity Begins To Take Shape

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is implementing a campaign to overhaul the agency’s expectations around cybersecurity and cyber incident reporting for the financial services industry and corporate America generally. For example, in a recent speech, Chairman Gensler reiterated his focus on cybersecurity and underscored the SEC’s work to “improve…

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SEC Cybersecurity Rules Target Investment Advisers and Investment Companies

On February 9, 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed a package of new rules and amendments to enhance cybersecurity preparedness and improve cyber resilience of investment advisers and investment companies against cybersecurity threats and attacks. If adopted, these rules will incorporate existing SEC staff guidance on cybersecurity policies and…

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China is Entering a New Era in Data Protections

On November 1, 2021, the Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”) (the “Personal Information Protection Law”) went into effect, two months after the Data Security Law of the PRC (the “Data Security Law”) went into effect. The Data Security Law and the Personal Information…

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China Passes Extensive Regulations Governing Artificial Intelligence Algorithms

The Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC), China’s data protection and cybersecurity watchdog, recently passed the final text of the Internet Information Service Algorithm Recommendation Management Regulations, an extensive set of rules – one of the most fully developed artificial intelligence (AI) regulations in the world – designed to govern the…

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The Princeton University Data Access Research: A Timely Reminder to Revisit Data Subject Request Processes

Update: Since going live with the below, the EDPB has published its draft guidelines addressing key aspects of a data subject’s right of access.  More to follow soon. Last month, a large number of EU and US companies received queries about their data access request procedures under the General Data Protection…

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CNIL Sets Parameters for Processors' Reuse of Data for Product Improvement

On January 12, 2022, the French data protection authority, Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, issued guidance on the reuse of personal data by processors for their own purposes under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The guidance addresses one of the most common — and hotly contested — aspects of…

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The Irish DPC Publishes Final Version of its Children’s Fundamentals

On 17 December 2021, the Irish Data Protection Commission (“DPC”) published the final version of its guidance “Children Front and Centre: Fundamentals for a Child-Oriented Approach to Data Processing” (“the Fundamentals”). The Fundamentals set out principles and recommendations for companies to follow when processing children’s data in Ireland. The Fundamentals seek…

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