Global News Roundup: Jan. 25–Feb. 1, 2021

In this week’s global legislative roundup, learn about a new federal U.S. privacy law proposed by a group of Congressional Democrats and a bill introduced by a state Representative in Washington. A coalition of advertising industry groups asked North Dakota lawmakers to revise a proposed state privacy law, and Norway’s data protection authority, Datatilsynet, announced its intention to fine Grindr $11.7 million for alleged violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

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Kazakhstan adopted a series of privacy rules that went into effect in January, JD Supra reports.
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ICYMI

In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Host Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP, discusses the landscape of U.S. privacy law on both a federal and state level with Husch Blackwell Partner David Stauss, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPT, FIP, PLS.
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IAPP Staff Writer Jennifer Bryant spoke with privacy professionals closely following the Washington Privacy Act to explore details of this third iteration, its changes from previous versions, and whether it is enough to reach consensus and achieve approval in 2021 for The Privacy Advisor.
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ENFORCEMENT

France’s data protection authority, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, sanctioned a data controller and subcontractor 150,000 and 75,000 euros, respectively, for failing to protect customers’ personal data against credential stuffing attacks.
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Norway‘s data protection authority, Datatilsynet, announced its intention to fine Grindr $11.7 million for alleged violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, The New York Times reports.
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The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office issued fines totaling 480,000 GBP to four separate companies for making 2.4 million unlawful marketing calls to numbers registered with the Telephone Preference Service.
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The U.S. Department of Justice announced a $150 million settlement with Epsilon Data Management in relation to fraud schemes involving the sale of elders’ personal information.
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EUROPE

The Council of Europe is calling for strict regulations on facial recognition technologies, as well as bans of certain applications, to prevent privacy and data protection risks.
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The Council of Europe’s Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, or Convention 108, drafted guidelines for facial recognition technologies.
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Belarus Standing Commission on National Security Deputy Chairperson Igor Martynov indicated the country’s draft Law on Personal Data Protection will be ready for adoption following its second reading at the spring parliamentary session, Pravo.by reports.
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The German government’s proposed data strategy will seek to draw a common approach for its 16 state data protection authorities and the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information to share.
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The German Ministry for the Economy and Energy published a new draft of the Law on Data Protection and the Protection of Privacy in Telecommunications and Telemedia, Covington Inside Privacy reports.
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According to Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Privacy & Information Security Law Blog, the High Court of Justice considered the first U.K. case involving the application of the territorial scope of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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US

A group of U.S. Congressional Democrats has introduced the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act.
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U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Ga., voiced his support for a federal privacy law, Politico reports.
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A proposed ban on the use of facial recognition technology is moving forward in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Star Tribune reports.
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A coalition of advertising industry groups asked North Dakota lawmakers to revise a proposed state privacy law, MediaPost reports.
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State Rep. Shelley Kloba, D-Wash., proposed a new privacy bill.
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