Global News Roundup: March 29–April 4, 2021

In this week’s global legislative roundup, the House Appropriations Committee passed a version of the Washington Privacy Act amended by lawmakers recently to include a limited private right of action. The Cabinet of Japan issued an order to enforce the amended Act on Protection of Personal Information and the Enforcement Rules for the amended APPI. Microsoft Vice President for European Government Affairs Casper Klynge said the technology company wants Ireland to have a “bigger voice” in influencing European tech regulation.

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Politico reports on a group lobbying for legislation to enhance Florida‘s privacy laws.
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ICYMI

On March 24, the Cabinet of Japan issued an order to enforce the amended Act on Protection of Personal Information and the Enforcement Rules for the amended APPI. Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Partner Hiroyuki Tanaka looks at the updated status of the amended APPI for Privacy Tracker.
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In Washington state, the House Appropriations Committee passed a version of the Washington Privacy Act amended by lawmakers last week to include a limited private right of action. IAPP Staff Writer Jennifer Bryant has the details for The Privacy Advisor.
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ENFORCEMENT

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer Steven Harroun fined Scott William Brewer $75,000 for violations of Canada‘s Anti-Spam Legislation.
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The Dutch data protection authority, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, fined Booking.com 450,000 euros for violations related to a 2018 breach.
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Italy‘s data protection authority, the Garante, announced fines of 350,000 and 60,000 euros to the Municipality of Rome and a mobility services company, respectively, for data security violations.
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ASIA-PACIFIC

Public and private media organizations in Australia are pushing back on proposed Privacy Act changes that would enable citizens to sue and be compensated for privacy breaches, the Financial Review reports.
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Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission released a “Guide on Active Enforcement� to encourage compliance with the Personal Data Protection Act.
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South Korea’s Personal Information Protection Commission issued an administrative notice on establishing standards for imposing penalties for violation of pseudonym information processing under the Personal Information Protection Act.
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The Bangkok Post reports Thailand Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn is mulling another postponement for enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act.
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CANADA

IT World Canada reports Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien discussed potential privacy shortcomings within the proposed Consumer Privacy Protection Act.
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EUROPE

France‘s data protection authority, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, will now begin to conduct checks to ensure websites are in compliance with advertising tracker guidelines following the expiration of the deadline the agency granted, Euractiv reports.
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Microsoft Vice President for European Government Affairs Casper Klynge said the technology company wants Ireland to have a “bigger voice” in influencing European tech regulation, Independent.ie reports.
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Russia‘s Ministry of Digital Development unveiled proposed amendments to the Federal Law on Personal Data that would prohibit the sale of personal data by telecommunications companies without prior consent.
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US

U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., said a federal privacy law is a priority for Congress and believes the pieces are in place to reach a bipartisan agreement by the end of the year, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Following the SolarWinds incident, U.S. lawmakers are exploring potential pieces of legislation requiring companies to report cyberattacks, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Gov. Mike Dunleavy, R-Alaska, introduced the Consumer Data Privacy Act in separate bills filed to the Alaska Legislature’s chambers.
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State Sen. Robert Rodriguez, D-Colo., spoke with the Colorado Times Recorder about his privacy bill, SB 190.
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State Rep. Collin Walke, R-Okla., doesn’t know if HB 1602, the Computer Data Privacy Act, will pass the Oklahoma Senate before the 2021 legislative session closes, The Frontier reports.
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In a 26–14 vote, the Kansas Senate approved a bill to protect the privacy of individuals exposed to COVID-19, KFDI reports.
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