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Get your Update on IT & Data Protection Law in our Newsletter (Spring 2019 Edition)

The Spring 2019 Edition of the quarterly IT & Data Protection Newsletter by Reed Smith Germany has just been released. We provide updates on cookies and tracking tools, Facebook fan pages, fines under GDPR, influencer marketing, email encryption, platform provider obligations, framing, the new German Trade Secrets Act, and more. The newsletter also includes multiple … Continue Reading

EDPB completes guidelines on codes of conduct, certification and accreditation of certification bodies

At its eleventh plenary session on 4 June 2019 in Brussels, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted final versions of (1) the Guidelines 1/2019 on codes of conduct and monitoring bodies under Regulation 2016/679, (2) annex 2 to the Guidelines on certification criteria in accordance with Articles 42 and 43 of the Regulation 2016/679 … Continue Reading

First sanction decision rendered by the CNIL regarding data breaches worth almost 1 per cent of the company’s yearly turnover: the era of tolerance seems to be over

By a new decision of sanction rendered on 28 May 2019, the French data protection authority Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) imposed a €400,000 fine on French property management company Sergic for failure to comply with its obligation to maintain the security of and to limit the storage of personal data. This … Continue Reading

Advocate General’s opinion on social networks’ obligations on (worldwide) deletion of illegal content

“The internet’s not written in pencil, it’s written in ink.” Advocate General (AG) Szpunar commenced his opinion dated 4 June 2019 in Case C-18/18 (Opinion, available here) with the above quote from the movie The Social Network. In the Opinion the AG analysed the substantive scope of injunctions, in particular if social network providers “may … Continue Reading

European Commission issues guidance on the free flow of non-personal data in the EU

The new Regulation (EU) 2018/1807 on a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the EU (Free Flow of Non-Personal Data Regulation), which we discussed in a previous blog, became applicable from 28 May 2019. Together with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR), the two regulations now provide a “comprehensive framework … Continue Reading

EU Cybersecurity Act gets the green light!

On 7 June 2019, Regulation (EU) 2019/881 on ENISA (the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) and on information and communications technology cybersecurity certification, also known as the Cybersecurity Act, was given the final go-ahead and published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  The Cybersecurity Act will come into force on 27 … Continue Reading

More questions, complaints, and cross-border enforcement – GDPR one year on

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has published a survey of European Economic Area (EEA) regulators setting out General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement trends. The report makes for interesting reading. It sets out how: the GDPR’s “one stop shop” mechanism has been bedding down; and the number of data subject complaints and data breach … Continue Reading

Nevada and Oregon expand their data privacy laws

May was a busy month for state privacy law updates and amendments. In addition to amendments made by Texas to its breach notification law, both Oregon and Nevada expanded their privacy-related laws this month, while Illinois’s CCPA-like law failed to pass after a variety of amendments related to whether the law would allow for a … Continue Reading

Texas makes its data breach notification law more current

Texas will see changes to its breach notification law, but comprehensive privacy legislation at the state level will not occur until 2021 at the earliest. This year, two privacy bills were introduced in the Texas legislature. House Bill 4518 (modeled on the California Consumer Privacy Act) did not pass in any form. The other bill, … Continue Reading

One year of GDPR – lessons learned by the ICO

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published its update reflecting on its GDPR experience over the past year and its upcoming priorities to stay relevant, foster innovation and maintain its position as an “influential regulator on the national and international stage”. Supporting the public, DPOs, SMEs and other organisations The first year of the GDPR … Continue Reading

FTC and DC Attorney General’s office discuss federal and state privacy trends at Reed Smith

On May 21, 2019, representatives of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Office of DC Attorney General (AG) Karl Racine visited Reed Smith to discuss data privacy trends to watch at the federal and state level. In an IAPP KnowledgeNet presentation moderated by Reed Smith partner Divonne Smoyer, Maneesha Mithal (associate director of the … Continue Reading

Celebrating GDPR’s anniversary and preparing for year two

25 May 2019 was GDPR’s first birthday. Since its introduction, privacy and data protection issues have continued to dominate public debate and regulators have signalled that large fines for non-compliance are imminent. Now is an opportune time to review your privacy and data protection regimes. We have more regulatory guidance and case law than we … Continue Reading

FERC requests comments on proposed new CIP Reliability Standard regulating the transmission of data between control centers

On April 18, 2019, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) requesting comments on proposed Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standard CIP-012-1. As written, CIP-012-1 will require responsible entities to implement controls to protect communication links and data transmissions in an effort to mitigate cybersecurity risks to communications between … Continue Reading

New OCR fact sheet clarifies HIPAA liability for business associates

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a fact sheet clarifying violations of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) for which a business associate can be held directly liable. The fact sheet outlines 10 specific circumstances for which OCR has authority to take enforcement … Continue Reading

One year of GDPR – How have EU member states implemented and enforced the new data protection regime?

The GDPR just had its first birthday. Before the GDPR became effective, organisations were anxious because the Regulation provides for heavy penalties. But was their anxiety justified? And as a first step, how have EU member states themselves implemented the GDPR? This article will provide short answers to these questions. Local implementation efforts Although the … Continue Reading

UK High Court says no…administrators are not controllers

The recent case of Green v. Group Ltd and others [2019] EWHC 954 (Ch) dealing with Cambridge Analytica’s insolvency has clarified the approach that administrators should take when subject access requests are made to the companies over which they are appointed. A failed administration… In the aftermath of the notorious data analytics activities of Cambridge … Continue Reading

Data portability and other initiatives introduced in Singapore to promote innovation and strengthen accountability

On May 22, 2019, Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission introduced three new initiatives: a)   A public consultation on data portability. The corresponding consultation paper also proposes to introduce data innovation provisions as part of the ongoing review of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA). The consultation is open for six weeks and will close on … Continue Reading

OCR releases new FAQs on use of health apps

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a new set of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) FAQs  building upon prior guidance from OCR. The new FAQs discuss the applicability of HIPAA to covered entities and business associates that interact with health apps and explain when HIPAA regulated … Continue Reading

Is 2019 the year for GDPR certification and codes of conduct?

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance on certification and codes of conduct for data processing as well as expected timetables for finalising its revised guidelines on these topics. Certification Certification is a voluntary mechanism for organisations to validate their compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR). Once the submissions … Continue Reading

Transparency requirements for influencers in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States

They are the stars of the young generation, brand ambassadors for organizations and leaders on social media: influencers. With their strong presence on social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, influencers have a power that pays off. Thousands of users follow the day-to-day posts of their role models. Influencers are becoming increasingly important … Continue Reading

Final guideline for Internet personal information protection published by Chinese Ministry of Public Security

After soliciting public comments since last November, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security (MPS) published the finalized Guideline for Internet Personal Information Security Protection (Guideline) on April 10, 2019. The Guideline applies to Personal Information Holders, defined as entities or individuals that “control and process personal information” through their provision of services using the Internet, … Continue Reading

Washington becomes the latest state to amend its data breach notification law

On May 7, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington signed HB 1071 into law, which strengthens the state’s data breach notification law. Washington joins the growing list of states that have recently amended their breach notification laws. Although Washington’s law was amended in 2015, the law was initially enacted nearly 14 years ago. This amendment, … Continue Reading

The Highest French administrative Court slightly reduces the amount of a penalty imposed by the CNIL: is this the tip of the iceberg ?

A few days before the entry into force of the GDPR, the CNIL imposed a 250,000 euros penalty to the company Optical Center for failure to secure personal data on its website – where a breach occurred, allowing access to invoices and purchases orders containing personal and sensitive data of customers. Further to Optical Center’s … Continue Reading

ICO blogs on meaningfulness of human involvement in AI systems

Researchers at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have started a series of blogs discussing the ICO’s work in developing a framework for auditing artificial intelligence (AI). In the first blog of the series, the discussion revolves around the degree and quality of human review in AI systems, specifically, in what circumstances human involvement can be … Continue Reading
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