This Week in Privacy – June 21, 2018

Welcome to the first in our weekly series, “This Week in Privacy.” Each week, OneTrust’s in house privacy experts will give you the top international privacy industry highlights from the past week.

  1. After voting to agree that the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield does not, as it currently stands, provide adequate protection for EU personal data, the EU Parliament’s civil liberties committee called for suspension of the agreement. While the committee has no power to suspend Privacy Shield itself, it may result in increased political pressure on the European Commission. The Commission’s second annual review of Privacy Shield is slated for September.
  2. The ePrivacy Regulation has been pushed back even further, as the EU Council’s presidency changes hands from Bulgaria to Austria on July 1st, and the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council recently agreed that the ePrivacy Regulation needs more work under the next presidency. With a number of points in the legislation still up for negotiation, it is likely that the draft will be left to the Austrian presidency for finalization and adoption.
  3. On the GDPR front, France’s new data protection law implementing the GDPR has been declared constitutional and is ready for final approval; and Denmark’s draft Data Protection Act to implement the GDPR has been passed by the Danish parliament.
  4. In India, a former Supreme Court judge is leading efforts to draft a new data privacy law that would regulate how tech companies operate in a country of 1.3 billion residents. The bill, being drafted by a Committee headed by the former judge, is expected to be submitted to the Indian government sometime later this month.
  5. The Argentina Federal Court of Appeals on Civil and Commercial Matters voted to expand the scope of the country’s data protection laws by ruling that the context in which data is gathered and processed will be considered a factor when determining whether or not the data will be considered “sensitive.”

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