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European Commission Proposes ePrivacy Regulation

By Ulrich Wuermeling On January 10, 2017, the European Commission proposed a new ePrivacy Regulation (Proposal). Compared to the internal draft that was leaked in December, the official Proposal has been substantially modified. However, the general approach taken by the European Commission has not changed. The Proposal includes provisions with a broad scope of application covering … Continue Reading

FCC Issues New Privacy Regulations for Broadband Providers

By Matt Murchison and Alex Stout Today, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved far-reaching new information privacy rules that will govern how providers of broadband Internet access service collect, use, protect, and share data from their subscribers. These new rules, which were adopted by a 3 to 2 vote, are intended to fill a … Continue Reading

“Yarovaya” Law – New Data Retention Obligations for Telecom Providers and Arrangers in Russia

By Ksenia Koroleva On July 6, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Federal Law No 374-FZ. This law is also known as the “Yarovaya” law (named after a Russian senator who was the main driving force for the law to come into existence). The Yarovaya law introduces amendments to certain Russian federal laws. The majority … Continue Reading

Analysis of the FCC’s Proposed Broadband Privacy Regulations

By Amanda Potter and Alex Stout As we highlighted in a post last month, the FCC has proposed sweeping new privacy rules on broadband providers. Since our last post, the FCC has released its proposal in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. This proposal would institute new customer privacy and data breach rules … Continue Reading

FCC Proposes Broad Privacy Regulations for Broadband Providers

By Matt Murchison and Alex Stout Last week, the FCC announced that Chairman Tom Wheeler had circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on implementing Section 222’s privacy obligations for broadband providers. Section 222’s requirements were originally crafted for telephone companies, and were first applied to broadband providers as part of the 2015 Open Internet … Continue Reading

FCC Releases New Clarifications Regarding the TCPA

On July 10, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released the text of a Declaratory Ruling and Order, initially adopted on June 18, that provides various clarifications regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”) and the FCC’s existing rules. The proceeding that led to the Order attracted widespread attention and was the result of nearly … Continue Reading

FCC Finds Fault in User Agreement and Issues Stern Guidance for Telemarketing Calls

June is proving to be a very active month for the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in construing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, including what sorts of consumer interactions are sufficient to meet the requirements for consent to receive marketing or other messages. This post reports on an extraordinary warning letter issued to PayPal, criticizing … Continue Reading

Emergency UK Legislation Expands Government Powers to Retain and Intercept Data

On July 17th, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) came into effect in the United Kingdom reinstating the Government’s powers to require communication providers to retain traffic data (also known as metadata) and enabling the Government to serve warrants to intercept communications data on companies outside of the United Kingdom to the extent … Continue Reading

Data Protection in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: A Primer

By Omar Elsayed Although some surveys of privacy law suggest otherwise, privacy requirements do in fact exist in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)and are very relevant to companies operating there or seeking to provide services to customers in KSA. Background The paramount body of law in KSA is the Sharīʿah. The Sharīʿah is comprised … Continue Reading

FCC Examining Privacy, Security Issues Raised by Stored Customer Information on Mobile Devices

By Brian Murray The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is examining privacy and security issues raised by customer information stored on mobile communications devices. In a public notice released on May 25, 2012, the FCC sought comment on the privacy and data-security practices of mobile wireless service providers with respect to such information, as well as … Continue Reading

Chinese Regulator Proposes New Rules Prohibiting Unauthorized Use of Personal Data by Internet Content Providers, Mobile Device Manufacturers

By Lijie Han China’s internet and telecoms industry regulator, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), recently released two draft regulations for public comment, namely, the amended Measures on the Administration of Internet Information Services (IIS Measures) and the Notice Regarding Strengthening the Administration of Network Access for Smart Mobile Devices (Smart Mobile Notice). … Continue Reading

Geolocation Data Set to Become ‘Personal Data’

On 16 May 2011, the European Commission’s Article 29 Working Party released their latest Opinion on the status of geolocation data for the purposes of European privacy rules. Though not strictly binding on EEA Member States or businesses operating within Europe, the Working Party’s Opinions are highly influential and certainly set the scene for changes … Continue Reading
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