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UAE’s New Consumer Protection Law: An End to Direct Marketing?

The new legislation extends both the protections available to consumers, as well as the obligations applicable to e-commerce retailers. By Brian A. Meenagh and Avinash Balendran With its recent implementation of a new consumer protection law, the United Arab Emirates has taken a significant step forward in protecting the rights of consumers. The new legislation … Continue Reading

Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act: Second US State Passes Comprehensive Data Privacy Legislation

The Act represents an accelerating trend among US states to attempt to pass comprehensive privacy legislation in the wake of the CCPA. By Jennifer C. Archie, Michael H. Rubin, Marissa R. Boynton, and Alexander L. Stout On March 2, 2021, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed comprehensive state privacy legislation titled the Consumer Data Protection Act … Continue Reading

Extensive Changes to Singapore’s Data Protection Regime Take Effect

Amendments to the PDPA significantly change Singapore’s data protection landscape, including mandatory data breach notification and criminal offences for mishandling of personal data. By Farhana Sharmeen, Esther Franks, and Gen Huong Tan On 1 February 2021, certain sections of the Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2020 (the Act) took effect, implementing the following changes to … Continue Reading

FTC Chair Rebecca Slaughter Outlines Data Privacy Enforcement Agenda

Slaughter discusses the FTC’s priorities under the new administration, including ed-tech, health apps, and racial equity. By Jennifer Archie, Michael Rubin, Marissa Boynton, and Jimmy Smith On February 10, 2021, in her first major speech as acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission (the Commission, or the FTC), Rebecca Slaughter discussed the Commission’s enforcement priorities under … Continue Reading

Data Protection Brexit Checklist: Businesses Can Rely on Personal Data Transfer Grace Period

As the Brexit transition period draws to a close, businesses will need to consider their data protection efforts to comply with both UK and EU regimes. By Gail Crawford, Fiona Maclean, and Amy Smyth The end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 will have several data protection consequences. The impact of one … Continue Reading

The Commission’s Draft Updated Standard Contractual Clauses — A Close Look

The European Commission has published draft updated standard contractual clauses in light of the Schrems II decision. By Gail Crawford, Ian Felstead, Fiona Maclean, Serrin Turner, Tim Wybitul, Victoria Wan, and Amy Smyth On 12 November 2020, the European Commission (the Commission) published a draft implementing decision, annexing a draft set of updated standard contractual … Continue Reading

The EDPB’s Draft Data Transfer Guidance Following Schrems II – A Close Look

The EDPB takes a strict approach in its recent guidance on international data transfers following Schrems II, posing a difficult challenge for businesses. By Gail Crawford, Ian Felstead, Fiona Maclean, Serrin Turner, Tim Wybitul, Victoria Wan and Amy Smyth On 10 November, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) released its much anticipated draft guidance on … Continue Reading

Swiss Regulator Determines Swiss-US Privacy Shield Is Inadequate

Swiss companies are advised to take additional measures when transferring personal data from Switzerland to the US. By Gail E. Crawford, Fiona M. Maclean, and Amy Smyth On 8 September 2020, the Swiss data protection authority, Adrian Lobsiger (the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner, FDPIC), concluded in his annual review that the Swiss-US Privacy … Continue Reading

How Does the New DIFC Data Protection Law Compare With the GDPR?

Latham lawyers explain who the DIFC’s new law applies to and how it maps against the GDPR. By Brian A. Meenagh, Fiona M. Maclean, Alexander Hendry, and Avinash Balendran The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) recently issued a new data protection law and regulations: the Data Protection Law DIFC Law No. 5 of 2020 and … Continue Reading

Practical Considerations for Assessing Data Transfers after Schrems II

Latham develops new resource to identify considerations for assessing SCC and BCR data transfers in Europe. By Gail E. Crawford, Fiona M. Maclean, Michael H. Rubin, Serrin Turner, Tim Wybitul, and Ulrich Wuermeling Following the Schrems II decision in July 2020, organisations relying on the standard contractual clauses (SCCs) or Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) to … Continue Reading

France’s Highest Administrative Court Provides Insights on Lawful Cookie Practices

Court’s decision struck down blanket prohibition on so-called “cookie walls” that prevent users from accessing a website or an application. By Myria Saarinen and Charlotte Guérin France’s Highest Administrative Court (the Conseil d’Etat) issued a decision on 19 June 2020 upholding most of the guidance on cookies and other tracking devices that the French Data … Continue Reading

CJEU Invalidates EU-US Privacy Shield

A ruling by the EU’s top court invalidates the key mechanism for transferring personal data from the EU to the US and imposes additional conditions for use of the standard contractual clauses. By Gail E. Crawford, Fiona M. Maclean, Michael H. Rubin, Ulrich Wuermeling, Calum Docherty, and Amy Smyth On 16 July 2020, the Court of … Continue Reading

Hong Kong Privacy Regulator Responds to Personal Data Privacy Issues Arising From COVID-19

Hong Kong regulator declares that the disclosure of personal data of potential COVID-19 carriers is permissible under law. By Kieran Donovan COVID-19 is having a profound impact not only on the way the world interacts socially, but also in the way it interacts in business. Businesses are choosing to protect the health and well-being of … Continue Reading

California AG Releases Modified CCPA Regulations

While still in draft form, the modifications both clarify certain obligations and introduce new uncertainty for businesses covered by the CCPA. By Jennifer C. Archie, Michael H. Rubin, Robert Blamires, Marissa R. Boynton, and Scott C. Jones Earlier this month, the California Attorney General released modified draft regulations further clarifying, and in some cases complicating, … Continue Reading

UK Government Releases Details of New ‘Online Harms’ Regime for Online Platforms

Update confirms the introduction of an active “duty of care” and a dedicated regulator, as part of a comprehensive new online regulatory regime. By Alain Traill, Rachael Astin, Gail E. Crawford, and Patrick Mitchell Following a wave of commentary from industry, the social sector, and other organisations, on 11 February 2020 the UK government set … Continue Reading

Updates: UK ICO Statements on Adtech and Real Time Bidding

Despite progress, the online advertising industry and UK regulators are still at odds over the “legitimate interest” definition under the GDPR. By Olga Phillips and Elizabeth Purcell Following publication of the UK Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO’s) report on adtech and real time bidding in June 2019, the ICO has been working closely with the online … Continue Reading

Adtech and Real Time Bidding in the Regulatory Crosshairs

UK data protection regulator demands companies in the RTB ecosystem re-evaluate privacy notices, use of personal data, and lawful basis. By Robert Blamires, Calum Docherty, Laura Holden, and Lucy Tucker The UK Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO’s) latest report into adtech and real time bidding (RTB) (the ICO Report) provides a stark assessment of the adtech … Continue Reading

Post-Brexit Implications for NIS Representative Requirements

UK confirms reciprocal requirements for digital services providers to appoint UK representatives for NIS purposes, following Brexit. By Gail E. Crawford, Fiona Maclean, and Amy Smyth Following a consultation process, the UK government has now confirmed that it will put forward legislation to require non-UK-based digital services providers — larger cloud providers, search engines, and … Continue Reading

RuNet Law: New Russian Law Could Significantly Impact Telecom and Internet Providers and Social Media Platforms

Broadly written rules would allow the Russian government greater central control over content and data flows, and greater access to users’ information. By Fiona M. Maclean and Ksenia Koroleva On May 1, 2019, the Russian President signed draft law No. 608767-7, commonly referred to as the Russian Internet Law, or “RuNet Law” (Federal Law No. … Continue Reading

ICO Launches Consultation on Age-Appropriate Design: A Code of Practice for ISS

Online services have until 31 May to respond to 16 draft standards of age-appropriate design. By Fiona Maclean and Olga M. Phillips The ICO is required by s123 of the Data Protection Act 2018 to prepare a code of practice which contains guidance on standards of age-appropriate design of relevant information society services likely to … Continue Reading

EDPB Clarifies Use of Consent and Other Legal Grounds for Clinical Trials, but Challenges Remain

European regulators are expected to align their processes and guidance to accommodate the EDPB’s recommended approach to processing special categories of personal data. By Gail E. Crawford, Frances Stocks Allen, and Mihail Krepchev In January, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) issued an opinion (Opinion) on the interplay between the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and … Continue Reading

No Deal Brexit and Data Transfers: Companies Must Prepare Now

Companies should identify data flows, implement a data transfer solution, and update internal documents and privacy notices. By Fiona M. Maclean and Jane Bentham Since our blog on “What a “No Deal” Brexit Means for UK Data Privacy”, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has published two information notes on data transfers in the event … Continue Reading

4 Questions to Consider When Dealing With Children’s Data in the US

The FTC and many state attorneys general aggressively monitor apps, websites, and internet-connected products for COPPA compliance. By Jennifer C. Archie, Michael H. Rubin, and Alexander L. Stout In the United States, collecting data directly from children under 13 years of age is tightly regulated by a federal statute, which is aggressively monitored and enforced. … Continue Reading
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