Global News Roundup — Oct. 15–21, 2019

In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, EU member states took a look at how the EU General Data Protection Regulation is performing across the bloc. The U.K. struck a potential Brexit resolution, but its effects on data transfers remain unclear, and the EU Council has been presented with another draft proposal for the ePrivacy Regulation. The IAPP modified resources related to California Consumer Privacy Act amendments and other U.S. state privacy laws, and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has proposed a new privacy law with steep penalties.

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South Korea’s National Human Rights Commission privacy concerns regarding a proposed bill that would collect personal information on North Korean defectors’ households.
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The U.K. High Court has ruled that more than 500,000 individuals affected by the 2018 British Airways data breach are now able to pursue legal action against the airline.
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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Standard Market for potential violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
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Facebook’s request for a new hearing over violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act was denied after review by the U.S. 9th Circuit of Appeals.
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ICYMI

UPPmarket Data Protection Officer DeAndra-Demoyne George takes a look at what the proposed changes to Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act entail and areas of the law he believes are in need of an update in this piece for Privacy Perspectives.
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IAPP Senior Westin Fellow Müge Fazlioglu, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, parsed through EU General Data Protection Regulation review comments to assess how member states regard its application so far. She details her findings in this post for Privacy Perspectives.
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HCL Technologies Privacy Office Senior Manager Piotr Foitzik, CIPP/A, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPT, discusses how to perform a background check under the EU General Data Protection Regulation in this piece for The Privacy Advisor
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IAPP Editorial Director Jed Bracy, CIPP, details what the U.K.’s new Brexit deal might mean for data transfers in this Privacy Tracker post.
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Arent Fox’s Eva Pulliam, CIPP/US, and Sarah Bruno, CIPP/US, look at the California Consumer Privacy Act impact on the automotive industry and the compliance challenges organizations face, such as mapping out data flows and handling the law’s opt-out requirements.
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The IAPP has updated its “CCPA Amendment Tracker” and the “US State Comprehensive Privacy Law Comparison” table.
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APAC

The Office of the Australian Information Commission has asked for public feedback on draft privacy safeguard guidelines for the country’s Consumer Data Right.
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CANADA

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada ruled Loblaws asked for too much personal information from customers before they could claim a $25 gift card.
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EUROPE

The Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union has released a new draft compromise proposal for the ePrivacy Regulation ahead of the Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society meeting Oct. 22.
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Equifax is facing a 100 million GBP lawsuit in the U.K. High Court over its 2017 data breach.
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US

Privacy advocacy groups have filed briefs to the U.S. District Court in Washington asking for it to strike down the proposed $5 billion settlement between Facebook and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
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LinkedIn has asked the full U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to review its ruling in the HiQ Labs case.
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Californians for Consumer Privacy posted the results of a privacy survey that showed 88% of 777 registered voters in California would support a 2020 ballot measure related to expansion of protections for personal information.
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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation that imposes penalties on companies and executives who fail to protect consumer data, CNN reports.
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