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UK’s Age Appropriate Design Code Pending

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has confirmed that by November 23, 2019, it will present its Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice to the UK Parliament for approval. Unless Parliament objects, this mandatory code will be issued and in force (albeit with a transition period) as early as January 2020. The final code has been … Continue Reading

Proposed CCPA Regulations: Clarity or Confusion?

On October 10, 2019, the California Attorney General’s office issued the proposed text of its California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regulations (the Regulations). The Regulations propose detailed rules regarding required notices for consumers, business practices for handling consumer requests, verification of requests, special rules regarding minors, and non-discrimination. Accompanying the Regulations are the Attorney General’s … Continue Reading

Greece Publishes Draft Legislation for Implementing GDPR

On August 12, 2019, the Greek Ministry of Justice published the long-awaited, draft legislation for implementing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Greece and Slovenia are the only two European Union (EU) countries that have not yet implemented the GDPR. As an EU regulation, the GDPR has legally taken effect in every EU country, including … Continue Reading

Website Operator Jointly Liable for Data Collection and Transmission Through Facebook “Like” Button

On July 29, 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its decision in FashionID (Case C-40/17), determining that website operators are jointly liable with plugin providers for data collection and transmission through social media buttons and other embedded plugins. Although the ECJ found the operator and plugin provider to be jointly liable, the court placed the … Continue Reading

The ICO Issues Its Cookies Guidance: Clarified Stance and Enforcement Priorities

On July 5, 2019, the UK’s Data Protection Authority (ICO) issued its “Guidance on the use of cookies and similar technologies” (the Guidance) along with a brief explanatory blog post. At the same time the ICO updated its own website cookie notice and consent, leading by example. The ICO’s blog post makes clear that cookie … Continue Reading

The CNIL Announces Its 2019-2020 Action Plan on Ad Targeting

On June 28, 2019, the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) released its 2019-2020 action plan on ad targeting (action plan);1 among other things, the CNIL announced that it will issue new cookie guidance later this month and that, once the guidance is published, companies will have a 12-month grace period to come into compliance. Background … Continue Reading

Massive GDPR Fine Proposed by UK ICO Confirms Trend of Increased Focus on EU Data Breaches

On July 8, 2019, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced its intention to fine British Airways GBP 183.39 million over a data breach in which the personal data of approximately 500,000 customers was compromised.[1] If made final, the fine—equivalent to approximately U.S. $230 million—would be the biggest fine ever issued by the ICO as … Continue Reading

And Then There Were None: Or How Schrems 2.0 May Invalidate the Standard Contractual Clauses and the Privacy Shield

On July 9, 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ)—the highest court of the European Union—will hear oral arguments in the Schrems 2.0 case relating to the validity of two key data transfer mechanisms: the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) and the EU-US Privacy Shield. Both of these mechanisms are widely used by companies in the … Continue Reading

The EU Cybersecurity Act Introduces Certifications and the New Cybersecurity Agency

On June 27, 2019, the EU Regulation on Information and Communication Technology (Cybersecurity Act or Act) became effective introducing, for the first time, EU-wide rules for the cybersecurity certification of products and services (Certification). The Certification may create a competitive advantage for companies that sell their products and services in the EU. Further, the Certification … Continue Reading

The ICO Publishes Its Stance on Adtech and Real-Time Bidding

On June 20, 2019, the UK’s Data Protection Authority (ICO) published a report on adtech and real-time bidding. The report highlights the main problems faced by the industry when applying the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR’s) stringent requirements, and calls for further engagement on these issues by the different adtech players in the space. Background … Continue Reading

FTC Data Security Settlement with Auto Dealer Software Provider Goes Further than Ever Before

Provides Detailed Specifications Both for Information Security Program and Third-Party Assessments On June 12, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached a proposed settlement with LightYear Dealer Technologies, LLC (doing business as “DealerBuilt”) over allegations that the automobile software provider’s inadequate data security practices had resulted in a data breach in 2016.1 … Continue Reading

Nevada Follows California in Enacting New Privacy Law Giving Consumers the Right to Opt Out of Certain Data Sales

On May 29, 2019, in the midst of the legislative amendment process taking place in Sacramento for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Nevada has passed its own CCPA-like privacy law, SB 220, taking effect on October 1, 2019, just three months before the CCPA becomes operative. The law’s main focus is to give consumers … Continue Reading

Federal Court Allows Children’s Online Privacy Claims Against Disney, Viacom, and Online Ad Networks That Collected Data from Gaming Apps to Go Forward

On May 22, 2019, a federal district court largely denied a facial challenge by Disney, Viacom, and several online advertising networks to claims alleging these defendants violated the privacy rights of children by collecting data through online gaming apps. In McDonald v. Kiloo APS,[1] the defendants consisted of two groups: the developers who created the … Continue Reading

WSGR Event Recap: Online Advertising and Privacy—An Overview of Global Legal Developments

On May 22, 2019, WSGR and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) co-hosted an event focusing on advertising technology and how to overcome the challenges of complying with evolving global privacy requirements. Jules Polonetsky from FPF opened the program, focusing on the evolution of online advertising, from contextual to programmatic behavioral advertising. WSGR attorneys Lydia … Continue Reading

WSGR Event Recap: The State of Play in European Data Protection Law

On May 1, 2019, WSGR convened a panel of regulators and experts to discuss recent developments in European data protection law. The panel, moderated by Cédric Burton, featured Bruno Gencarelli, head of the International Data Flows and Protection Unit of the European Commission, Isabelle Vereecken, head of the Secretariat of the European Data Protection Board … Continue Reading

WSGR Event Recap: Key State and Federal Legislative Privacy Developments

On May 1, 2019, WSGR held a panel discussing state and federal legislative privacy developments, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The panel, moderated by Chris Olsen, featured Ashkan Soltani, former chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Shaundra Watson, the senior director for policy at BSA (The Software Alliance). Here are … Continue Reading

Belgian Data Protection Authority Is Up and Running

On April 25, 2019, the new chairman and the four directors of the new Belgian data protection authority were sworn in before the Belgian Parliament. This marks a new era for data protection law in Belgium. Background Following the effective date of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25, 2018, the Belgian Privacy … Continue Reading

The French Data Protection Authority Announces Stricter Enforcement

On April 15, 2019, the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) published its 2018 activity report and announced its 2019 enforcement agenda. The CNIL’s message is clear: if some leniency was tolerated in 2018, this transitional period for GDPR enforcement is now over. Going forward, the CNIL will adopt a stricter approach when investigating companies’ GDPR … Continue Reading

CJEU Advocate General Opinion Calls for Active and Separate Cookie Consents

On March 21, 2019, the Advocate General (AG) of the highest EU Court (the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)) issued an opinion (opinion) in the Planet49 case[1] on what constitutes valid consent for cookies under the Data Protection Directive, the GDPR, and the e-Privacy Directive. In particular, the AG opines that: 1) … Continue Reading
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