Global News Roundup: May 18–24, 2021

In this week’s global legislative roundup, the European Data Protection Board adopted two opinions on the first draft decisions on transnational Codes of Conduct. Members of the European Parliament called on the European Commission to issue guidelines on data transfers to the U.S. following the Court of Justice of the European Union’s “Schrems II” decision. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada issued a joint statement with Canada’s provincial and territorial privacy authorities on the importance of privacy in the country’s vaccine passport plans and a group of U.S. lawmakers reintroduced the Social Media Privacy Protection and Consumer Rights Act.

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The German Parliament has passed a data protection and privacy law regulating telecommunications and telemedia, Euractiv.com reports.
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The California Assembly passed a bill updating a law on the data collected by connected TVs and smart speakers, Kelley Drye Ad Law Access reports.
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The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office fined American Express Services Europe 90,000 GBP for the illicit sending of more than 4 million marketing emails.
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The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office also fined Tested.me for sending 84,000 nuisance emails to individuals who handed over their information for contact tracing purposes.
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reached a $1.5 million settlement with GWFS Equities over its response to attempted cyberattacks.
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ASIA-PACIFIC

Collecting citizens’ biometric information will be prohibited as of 1 June under the Social Credit Regulation of South China’s Guangdong Province, Global Times reports.
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Hong Kong’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data is working with the Department of Justice on a proposal to amend the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance to fine those who fail to remove doxxing data from their platforms, the Hong Kong Free Press reports.
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Japan’s data protection authority, the Personal Information Protection Commission, issued a notice to revise portions of the Act on the Protection of Personal Information.
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South Korea’s Personal Information Protection Committee published its public consultation on Personal Information Protection Act amendments.
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CANADA

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada issued a joint statement with Canada’s provincial and territorial privacy authorities on the importance of privacy in the country’s vaccine passport plans.
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EUROPE

During its 49th plenary session, the European Data Protection Board adopted two opinions on the first draft decisions on transnational Codes of Conduct.
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Members of the European Parliament called on the European Commission to issue guidelines on data transfers to the U.S. following the Court of Justice of the European Union’s “Schrems II” decision.
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Member of European Parliament Patrick Breyer said the European Commission’s proposed Digital Services Act should include enhanced privacy rights for users, Reuters reports.
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Members of France‘s government announced a plan to allow sensitive data storage in Google and Microsoft clouds under a data localization model, Reuters reports.
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The U.K. government published its “Ethics, Transparency and Accountability Framework for Automated Decision-Making.”
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LATIN AMERICA

Argentina’s National Commission for the Defense of Competition issued a precautionary measure to suspend implementation of WhatsApp’s new privacy policy while it investigates the use of data obtained from users.
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US

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., John Kennedy, R-La., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., reintroduced the Social Media Privacy Protection and Consumer Rights Act.
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The New York Times reports the Colorado Legislature passed legislation to prohibit the doxxing of personal information belonging to health care workers and their families online.
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Under a new law in Virginia banning police use of facial recognition, the U.S. Capitol’s National Capital Region Facial Recognition System will be discontinued, Biometric Update reports.
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Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., vetoed a COVID-19 bill that would have protected health data collected by third parties, Washington State Wire reports.
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