Global News Roundup — Dec. 9–16, 2019

In this week’s Privacy Tracker global legislative roundup, read about the proposed federal U.S. data privacy laws that have secured support from one side of the political aisle and those that enjoy bipartisan support, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said there is no plan to extend the Jan. 1 deadline to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act. Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien called for right-based privacy laws within his office’s annual report. And Spaczynski, Szczepaniak i Wspolnicy Partner Joanna Tomaszewska looks at the five financial penalties administered by the Polish President of the Office for Personal Data Protection for violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

LATEST NEWS

Wired takes a look at the different facial-recognition laws across the U.S.
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ICYMI

Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien called for rights-based legislation within his office’s annual report. IAPP Associate Editor Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, has the details from Therrien’s news conference on his report in this piece for The Privacy Advisor.
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Spaczynski, Szczepaniak i Wspolnicy Partner Joanna Tomaszewska looks at the five financial penalties administered by the Polish President of the Office for Personal Data Protection for violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation in this piece for The Privacy Advisor.
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In November, Japan‘s Personal Information Protection Commission drafted an outline for potential amendments to the country’s Act on the Protection of Personal Information. Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s Hiroyuki Tanaka and Noboru Kitayama detail the current outline in this piece for Privacy Tracker.
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At a hearing in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle broadly agreed that tech companies must build in ways for law enforcement to access encrypted data or it will do so itself by enacting a federal law. IAPP Editor Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, attended the hearing and reports on the details in this piece for The Privacy Advisor.
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In this piece for Privacy Tracker, IAPP Senior Westin Research Fellow Müge Fazlioglu, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, looks at the proposed federal U.S. data privacy laws that have secured support from one side of the political aisle and those that enjoy bipartisan support.
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IAPP Staff Writer Joe Duball spoke with the appointees of the Texas Privacy Protection Advisory Council about what they hope to achieve in their new positions.
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ENFORCEMENT

Approximately 9 million pesos worth of fines have been administered in Colombia for data violations over the past 15 months.
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Germany‘s Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, the BfDI, announced telecommunications provider 1 & 1 Telecom has been fined 9.55 million euros for violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Stephen Kai-yi Wong has ruled on a TransUnion data breach incident, finding the credit-reporting agency violated the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, failing to take “practicable steps� to ensure protection of personal data.
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The Hungarian Competition Authority, the GVH, fined Facebook Ireland 3.6 million euros for alleged violations of the country’s competition law, the largest it has ever administered for a consumer protection case.
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Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission has fined IT vendor Learnaholic SG$60,000 after the personal data of more than 47,000 students, parents and staff was hacked.
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The Swedish data protection authority has issued a 35,000 euro fine for violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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ASIA-PACIFIC

The Australian government plans to review the Privacy Act for reform, but updates aren’t likely to occur until sometime next year.
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India’s proposed Personal Data Protection Bill was presented before Parliament Wednesday and will be reviewed by a Joint Parliamentary Committee.
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EUROPE

The Swiss data protection authority, the Federal Data Protection and Information Commission, has announced it entered into the Council of Europe’s “Convention 223.”
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The European Data Protection Board has published guidelines on the criteria for the right to be forgotten related to search engine cases under Article 17 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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Court of Justice of the European Union Advocate General Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe is expected to deliver his nonbinding opinion on the Schrems II case Dec. 19.
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US

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said there is no plan to extend the Jan. 1 deadline to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act.
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Advertising trade groups have filed comments to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra asking for the do-not-track mandate to be removed from the California Consumer Privacy Act regulations.
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Advocates seek to close loopholes within the California Consumer Privacy Act.
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Engagement Center has drafted a set of principles to guide policymakers when considering facial-recognition technology proposals.
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A bipartisan coalition of 25 state attorneys general has asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to strengthen children’s privacy laws to curb data-collection practices.
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