Last Week In Privacy- July 31, 2018

Welcome to “Last Week in Privacy!” Each week, OneTrust’s in-house privacy experts will give you the top international privacy industry highlights from last week.


Here’s a quick recap of last week’s top privacy industry headlines:

  1. The Indian government has released a draft Personal Data Protection Bill that was produced by a committee led by former Indian Supreme Court Judge B.N. Srikrishna and tasked with modernizing India’s data privacy standards. The bill is inspired by current privacy laws worldwide and aims to take a moderate approach to privacy regulation, falling somewhere between the more hands-off approach in the U.S. and the strict regime in the EU, and, according to Indian lawmakers, would bridge the developing world and more industrialized nations. The next step for the draft bill will be to be reviewed by India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  2. The White House is holding meetings with various tech giants and consumer advocates with the goal of drafting a proposal that would protect online privacy in the United States. A recent draft proposal from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed the general idea of privacy protections for consumers, but it was counterbalanced by ideas that support “the benefits provided by data,” and even called on Congress to adopt a federal law that would preempt state laws regulating online privacy. According to reports, the government’s goal is to release an initial set of ideas this Fall, and then use that as a blueprint for Congress to write a wide-ranging online privacy law.
  3. The Dutch Data Protection Authority has initiated an investigation into GDPR compliance in the private sector. The investigation will include verifying compliance with Records of Processing requirements under Article 30 of the GDPR, of 30 randomly selected large companies in 10 different sectors. Anonymous results of the investigation are expected to be published by the DPA.
  4. Mainland China is moving forward with an eCommerce Law, as the public consultation period for the draft recently closed on July 28th. The bill introduces a number of new requirements for eCommerce operators in the areas of competition law, consumer protection, and privacy and data protection, and allows for joint and several liability of eCommerce platforms and operators when violations occur. Expert analysts say that the final version of the law is expected to mirror this final draft and be passed into law this year.

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