Global News Roundup: Oct. 19–26, 2020

In this week’s global legislative roundup, learn about the recent developments in California, including testimony made by Attorney General Xavier Becerra during a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing and bills passed by the state Legislature. The National People’s Congress of China announced citizens can submit public comments on the country’s draft data protection law until Nov. 19, and the European Data Protection Board adopted final guidelines for data protection by design and default. 

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A representative from Facebook said following a hearing held by India‘s Joint Committee of Parliament that the nation’s proposed data protection law has the potential to benefit from the country’s digital economy, The Hindu reports.
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The British Columbia Liberal Party said it will work with Information and Privacy Commissioner Michael McEvoy to improve the province’s privacy laws, Business in Vancouver reports.
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ICYMI

Amendments to the Regulation of Internet Broadcasts and Prevention of Crimes Committed through Such Broadcasts (Law No. 5651), also known as the Social Media Law in Turkey, entered into force Oct. 1. Gün + Partners’ Begüm Yavuzdogan Okumus, CIPP/E, and Direnç Bada, CIPP/E, break down the amendments, which include a data localization requirement and more.
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IAPP Legal Research Fellow Cathy Cosgrove looks back at the recent developments in California, including testimony made by Attorney General Xavier Becerra during a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing and bills passed the state Legislature.
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ENFORCEMENT

Lithuania’s data protection authority, the State Data Protection Inspectorate, fined the Vilnius City Municipality Administration 15,000 euros for EU General Data Protection Regulation violations.
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Romania‘s National Supervisory Authority for Personal Data Processing issued two fines for GDPR violations.
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ASIA-PACIFIC

The National People’s Congress of China announced citizens can submit public comments on the country’s draft data protection law until Nov. 19.
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New Zealand‘s Office of the Privacy Commissioner wrote a blog post regarding its “rare opportunity” to reorganize its strategic focus ahead of the Privacy Act 2020, which goes into effect Dec. 1.
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CANADA

In response to a government discussion paper on privacy reform, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario said “the opportunity is now� for a “made-in-Ontario private sector privacy law.�
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EUROPE

In its 40th plenary session, the European Data Protection Board adopted final guidelines for data protection by design and default.
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The European Parliament approved two legislative initiative reports that call upon the European Commission to remedy issues seen within the online environment as part of its Digital Services Act package.
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LATIN AMERICA

Brazil‘s Senate approved President Jair Bolsonaro’s five nominations to the Autoridade Nacional de Proteção de Dados’s board of directors.
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MIDDLE EAST

A proposed amendment to Israel’s Consumer Protection Bill would require recorded marketing calls to be saved and provided to consumers at their request.
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US

During a Wall Street Journal Tech Live conference, U.S. lawmakers and privacy professionals discussed the need for a federal U.S. privacy law.
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The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau handed down advance notice of proposed rulemaking for Section 1033 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which carries provisions on consumer rights to access financial data.
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A group of U.S. lawmakers headed up by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court lobbying for it to maintain a lower court ruling on prohibiting robocalls without consumer consent.
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The Brookings Institution looks at how the U.S. presidential election may impact federal privacy legislation.
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Consumer Reports endorsed the California Privacy Rights Act.
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation extended support for potential California Consumer Privacy Act amendments that would require organizations to offer user-friendly privacy controls, MediaPost reports.
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The Electronic Privacy Information Center announced it filed an amicus brief with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a case regarding privacy protections against warrantless government access to personal data related to public transportation cards.
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City council members in Madison, Wisconsin, proposed a ban on the use of facial recognition by government entities and law enforcement, Government Technology reports.
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