Global News Roundup: Nov. 30–Dec. 7, 2020

In this week’s global legislative roundup, read about the need-to-know details from the settlement between the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Zoom over data security issues. New Zealand’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner announced the Privacy Act 2020 has taken effect. Trinidad and Tobago Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said the government plans to strengthen data protection legislation next year, and fines were administered by the data protection authorities in Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

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Members of Parliament expressed concerns over amendments to India‘s Data Protection Bill, 2019, The Hindu reports.
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A federal judge made a ruling in a case where Texas photojournalists seek to overturn a law on using drones to photograph prisons, sporting arenas and other locations and events, Courthouse News Services reports.
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ICYMI

IAPP Staff Writer Jennifer Bryant spoke to professionals exploring the scope of the Digital Services Act, which is expected to be unveiled by the European Commission this month.
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The Swedish Administrative Court of Stockholm recently confirmed Google violated the EU General Data Protection Regulation over an individual’s right to be forgotten. Sharp Cookie Advisors Partner Sofia Edvardsen, CIPP/E, combed through the ruling to explain how the court arrived at its decision.
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IAPP Westin Fellow Nicole Sakin provided a breakdown of the need-to-know details from the settlement between the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Zoom over data security issues.
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In the first of a 10-part series examining the top operational impacts of the California Privacy Rights Act, IAPP Legal Research Fellow Cathy Cosgrove explored the new California regulator’s potential structure, authority and approach provided under the law.
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ENFORCEMENT

Austria‘s Federal Administrative Court, Bundesverwaltungsgericht, overturned an 18 million euro EU General Data Protection Regulation fine issued to Post AG by the Data Protection Authority.
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Italy‘s data protection authority, the Garante, issued an injunction order and imposed a 50,000 euro fine against the Ministry of the Interior for unlawful processing of personal data.
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Norway’s data protection authority, Datatilsynet, issued an administrative fine of NOK 750,000 against Østfold HF Hospital for improperly storing pieces of patient records.
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Following the public disclosure of a list containing addresses of quarantined individuals, Poland‘s data protection authority, UrzÄ…d Ochrony Danych Osobowych, reprimanded a waste management company and ordered the company to notify subjects of the breach.
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Singapore‘s Personal Data Protection Commission announced financial penalties against five companies, including a $120,000 fine to Secur Solutions Group, over various violations of the Personal Data Protection Act.
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South Korea‘s Personal Information Protection Commission announced a 6.7 billion won fine against Facebook for breach of consent provisions under the Personal Information Protection Act 2011 over a span of six years.
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Spain‘s data protection authority, Agencia Española de Protección de Datos, fined Telefónica Móviles España 75,000 euros for processing personal data in violation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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Sweden‘s data protection authority, Datainspektionen, announced fines of amounts ranging between SEK 2.5 million to SEK 30 million against seven health care providers in relation to unlawful access to patient data.
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ASIA-PACIFIC

Australia‘s House of Representatives held readings on proposed amendments to surveillance legislation that would give enhanced powers to the Australian Federal Police and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.
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New Zealand‘s Office of the Privacy Commissioner announced the Privacy Act 2020 has taken effect.
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Singapore‘s Personal Data Protection Commission published guidelines advising on key provisions of the recent amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act.
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CANADA

Legislation in Alberta that would enable insurance companies to track driving habits by collecting data through devices embedded in vehicles or smartphone software is raising concerns from privacy advocates, CBC News reports.
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Nova Scotia’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner published a guide stating its approach to reviews made under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act where information has been withheld.
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CARIBBEAN

Trinidad and Tobago Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said the government plans to strengthen data protection legislation next year, Newsday reports.
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EUROPE

The European Commission proposed a new set of data governance rules to help facilitate data sharing across the EU.
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Denmark‘s data protection authority, Datatilsynet, published a revised version of guidance on data protection in connection with employment relationships.
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Euractiv reports Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union is pushing for new cybersecurity standards for connected devices.
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US

The Wall Street Journal reports justices for the Supreme Court of the United States offered differing perspectives following arguments in a case to clarify provisions of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
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The Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate passed a bill banning the use of facial recognition technology by police departments and public agencies, TechCrunch reports.
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