Last Week in Privacy- June 26, 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 are the top 5 international privacy industry highlights from last week

  1. EU lawmakers reached an agreement on new rules that will allow non-personal data to move more freely throughout the EU by prohibiting data localization laws that require companies to store data within a country’s borders, complementing the GDPR. As a result, EU member states will need to itemize any remaining or planned data localization restrictions to the European Commission for their review. The legislation has been praised by tech companies as being a major step toward preventing unjustified data protectionism and achieving a European digital single market.
  2. The California Consumer Privacy Act has taken a new turn, as supporters of the initiative have reached a tentative deal with state lawmakers that would result in passing a scaled-back version of the initiative in exchange for withdrawing the original legislation from the November referendum ballot. The deadline for withdrawing measures from the ballot is June 28, so California lawmakers will have to act fast in order for the deal to go through.
  3. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that it will be hosting a series of public hearings about whether changes to the economy, evolving business practices, new technologies, and international developments might require adjustments to competition and consumer protection law and policy. The hearings will consist of 15 to 20 public sessions and are expected to begin in September and continue into January 2019, with public comment periods throughout.
  4. The White House is in the early stages of assessing U.S. online data privacy standards. President Trump’s special assistant on tech, telecom, and cyber policy has met with industry groups about the issue, discussing the possibility of new rules for the use of personal data online, as well as greater control and access for data subjects. The proposed “counter-weight to the GDPR” could be intended to ensure that the U.S. maintains its voice in the global privacy debate.
  5. A new bill has been introduced that would give greater regulatory powers to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Specifically, the bill would give the Commissioner power to make orders, impose fines, conduct audits, and undergo investigations of suspected violations of PIPEDA. The penalties in the bill include potential fines of up to $30 million, depending on the offense.

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