Global News Roundup: Feb. 1–8, 2021

In this week’s global legislative roundup, the Virginia Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 1392, the Consumer Data Protection Act. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and its provincial counterparts released the findings into their joint investigation of Clearview AI, in which they found the facial recognition firm violated federal and provincial privacy laws, and The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union has drafted another iteration of the ePrivacy Regulation.

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined other attorneys general in an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in an effort to protect the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Sierra Sun Times reports.
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ICYMI

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and its provincial counterparts released the findings into their joint investigation of Clearview AI, in which they found the facial recognition firm violated federal and provincial privacy laws. IAPP Associate Editor Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, has the story.
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Vrije Universiteit Brussel’s Vagelis Papakonstantinou and Yanhong Yin look into China‘s draft Personal Information Protection Law. 
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The Virginia Senate passed Senate Bill 1392, the Consumer Data Protection Act, following approval of its third reading, Feb. 5. IAPP Staff Writer Joe Duball reported on the CDPA’s remaining legislative path as of Feb. 4, as well as early reactions to its provisions and compliance requirements.
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ENFORCEMENT

The Belgian data protection authority has fined Family Service 50,000 euros for alleged violations of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has finalized its settlement with Zoom for allegedly misleading consumers about its security practices.
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The FTC also finalized a settlement with SkyMed International for allegedly failing to protect customers’ information.
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ASIA-PACIFIC

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand released its November briefing to the incoming Minister of Justice regarding the Privacy Act 2020, current and emerging privacy issues, and further need for privacy law reform.
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Singapore passed legislation that will govern law enforcement access to COVID-19 contact-tracing data, ZDNet reports.
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EUROPE

The European Data Protection Board published recommendations on the adequacy referential under the EU Law Enforcement Directive.
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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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According to a blog post from law firm BDK Advokati, The Federal Administrative Court of Austria ruled Nov. 26, 2020, to uphold an Austrian Data Protection Authority decision to require consent for distributing political affiliation data.
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France‘s data protection authority, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, issued its opinion on a security law concerning the protection of personal data collected by drones.
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The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union has drafted another iteration of the ePrivacy Regulation, EURACTIV.com reports.
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US

Alabama Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, introduced a bill prohibiting law enforcement from using facial recognition technology for ongoing surveillance and using results as the sole basis for arrest or establishing probable cause.
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Reps. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., Diana DeGette, D-Co., and Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., introduced the Secure Data and Privacy for Contact Tracing Act.
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Connecticut Attorney General William Tong released his testimony given to the Connecticut General Assembly’s General Law Committee to support the passage of House Bill 5310, An Act Concerning Data Privacy Breaches.
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Maryland Sen. Charles Sydnor, D-Baltimore County, has introduced the Facial Recognition Privacy Protection Act, regulating government use of facial recognition services.
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Government Technology reports members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives have introduced House Bill 1602, the Oklahoma Computer Data Privacy Act.
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