Global News Roundup: Dec. 7–14, 2020

In this week’s global legislative roundup, learn about the new set of proposed modifications to the California Consumer Privacy Act regulations, which were released by the state’s Office of the Attorney General. Australia’s House of Representatives introduced the Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020, a proposal regulating the sharing of public sector data, and a leaked draft of the European Commission’s Digital Services Act shows Big Tech companies may face steep fines related to online activities.

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Germany‘s Federal Constitutional Court struck down a passage of an anti-terror law on data protection ground, AFP reports.
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ICYMI

On Nov. 25, the European Commission published its draft Data Governance Act. Covington & Burling’s Henriette “Jetty” Tielemans and Sam Jungyun Choi offer their analysis of the draft, including how it approaches the reuse of public sector data and the establishment of a European Data Innovation Board, for Privacy Tracker.
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The Argentine Congress recently passed Law No. 27.553 on Electronic or Digital Prescriptions, providing for certain measures to modernize Argentina’s health system. Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal’s Diego Fernández, María Milagros Astesiano and Manuela Adrogué discuss details of these updates for Privacy Tracker.
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Members of U.S. Congress finally passed the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020, which was enacted after it was signed by President Donald Trump Dec. 4. Thompson Hine’s Steven Stransky, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, and Darcy Brosky, CIPP/US, put the IoT law under the microscope for Privacy Tracker.
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The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing focused on how the U.S. should tackle the invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and other concerns pertaining to trans-Atlantic data flows. IAPP Staff Writer Joe Duball has the details from the hearing for The Privacy Advisor.
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California‘s Office of the Attorney General proposed a set of new modifications to the California Consumer Privacy Act regulations. DLA Piper’s Jim Halpert and Katie Lee offer a brief analysis of the proposed updates for Privacy Tracker.
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ENFORCEMENT

Colombia‘s data protection authority, the Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio, issued a fine of 72,923,136 pesos to Scotiabank Colpatria for not responding to customer requests to remove personal data from the bank’s database.
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Denmark‘s data protection authority, Datatilsynet, ordered the municipality of Guldborgsund to pay a DKK 50,000 fine in relation to an unreported data security incident that risked complainants’ privacy.
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Estonia‘s Data Protection Inspectorate fined three pharmacy chains 100,000 euros and ordered them to stop displaying valid prescriptions to third parties in online pharmacies.
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France‘s data protection authority, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, issued financial penalties against Google, Google Ireland and Amazon Europe Core for placing cookies on users’ computers without their consent.
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Norway‘s data protection authority, Datatilsynet, announced a NOK 2.5 million fine against the Norwegian Sports Confederation over a data breach involving 3.2 million individuals.
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South Korea‘s Personal Information Protection Commission announced four telecommunications companies were fined a combined 75 million won for data protection violations related to data sharing between companies and consumer consent.
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Sweden‘s data protection authority, Datainspektionen, fined UmeÃ¥ University SEK 550,000 for a lack of security measures for sensitive data stored in a cloud database.
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The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office handed down a fine of 50,000 GBP to a mortgage broker over nuisance calls.
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The U.S. Department of Justice announced it reached a $126 million settlement with Dish Network over alleged violations of the Federal Trade Commission’s Telemarketing Sales Rule.
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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission agreed to a $4.25 million settlement with California-based AppFolio over violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
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ASIA-PACIFIC

Australia’s House of Representatives introduced the Data Availability and Transparency Bill 2020, a proposal regulating the sharing of public sector data.
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Australia‘s House of Representatives also 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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EUROPE

A leaked draft of the European Commission’s Digital Services Act shows Big Tech companies may face steep fines related to online activities, including targeted advertising, Politico reports.
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The European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs voted 53–9 in favor of continuing voluntary detection of child exploitation online “using technologies that are the least intrusive to privacy.”
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The Russian State Duma amended its Federal Law on Personal Data to include new protections for personal information being circulated publicly.
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Turkey‘s government published the law on processing personal data in electronic communications in the official gazette, Resmî Gazete.
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US

The Brookings Institution drafted legislative findings for a U.S. privacy law.
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Privacy, civil liberties and racial justice advocates will push lawmakers and U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to impose stronger regulations on facial recognition and biometric surveillance technology, Government Technology reports.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights proposed modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule.
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Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Mass., sent a police reform bill back to the state Legislature saying he opposed a moratorium it would place on facial recognition technology, Reuters reports.
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