Global News Roundup: May 25–June 1, 2021

In this week’s global legislative roundup, Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien talked about the areas Bill C-11 needs to be improved and what Canada stands to gain from modernizing its privacy legislation. The Colorado Senate passed Senate Bill 190, the Colorado Privacy Act, by a unanimous 35-0 vote, while the New York Privacy Act makes its way through the state Senate. Uzbekistan’s Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic announced the adoption of a bill to improve the country’s regulatory framework around personal data, and El Salvador President Nayib Bukele rejected the Personal Data Protection Law.

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A proposed bill in Maine would limit the use of facial recognition technology by police, Government Technology reports.
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The New York Times reports on bills out of Maryland and Montana that address law enforcement’s use of DNA for criminal investigations.
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The Detroit City Council approved legislation to enhance transparency in video surveillance contracts considered in the city, The Detroit News reports.
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ICYMI

During the virtual IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium, Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien talked about the areas Bill C-11 needs to be improved and what Canada stands to gain from modernizing its privacy legislation. IAPP Associate Editor Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, has the details for The Privacy Advisor.
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On May 19, the European Data Protection Board filed a favorable opinion on the EU Code of Conduct, paving the way for the Belgian Data Protection Authority, the lead body behind the initiative, to issue formal approval. Samuel Stolton broke down the new Code of Conduct, including its interplay with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and how it tackles international data transfers.
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ENFORCEMENT

Norway‘s data protection authority, Datatilsynet, fined the city of Oslo NOK 400,000 for publishing documents with sensitive personal information.
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Turkey‘s DPA, KiÅŸisel Verileri Koruma Kurumu, issued a TL 150,000 fine against a hospital over a data breach affecting 789 patients.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights reached a $25,000 settlement with Peachstate Health Management for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Security Rule.
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ASIA-PACIFIC

Uzbekistan‘s Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic announced the adoption of a bill to improve the country’s regulatory framework around personal data. Notably, the bill calls for new and harsher penalties on certain data activities.
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LATIN AMERICA

El Salvador.com reports President Nayib Bukele rejected the Personal Data Protection Law after the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador‘s Economic Commission passed the bill April 23.
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US

U.S. Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Nancy Mace, R-S.C., reintroduced the Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for Your Private Telecommunications Act, which proposes a national standard for encryption.
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According to Husch Blackwell’s “Byte Back,” the Colorado Senate passed Senate Bill 190, the Colorado Privacy Act, by a unanimous 35-0 vote.
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Spectrum News NY1 reports Senate Bill S6071, the New York Privacy Act, is making its way through the New York Senate.
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