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Australia Adopts Law on Mandatory Data Breach Notification

The Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 passed both Houses of Parliament on 13 February. Unless the Government fixes a date for commencement by Proclamation, the law will enter into force 12 months from the date the Bill receives Royal Assent.  The following is the official statement from Australian Privacy and Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim: “I welcome the passage ... Read More »

European Commission Unveils ‘Data Economy Package’ – What’s included and how could it impact the information sector?

On January 10, 2017, the European Commission unveiled the “last major Digital Single Market initiatives” addressing Europe’s digital future.  These initiatives comprise the following: A proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (E-Privacy Regulation) A Communication on “Building a European Data Economy” and A Communication on exchanging and protecting personal data in a globalized world. This article has ... Read More »

Regulatory News from Russia: The Federal Law Regulating Debt Collection Has Come into Effect

The Federal law No. 230-FL “About protection of the rights and legitimate interests of physical persons when implementing activities for return of the overdue debt and about introduction of amendments to the Federal law ” came into effect on January 1, 2017. The new law governs the business activities of debt collection involving physical persons (private individuals). The key provisions ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Report On Regulatory Reform Heralds An ‘Uncertain Era Of Dismantling’

Regulated firms should make full use of regulatory technology – regtech – to prepare for rule overhauls in the UK, US and beyond Facing uncertain times, financial firms preparing for significant regulatory reforms this year are focusing on regulatory technology to help them respond quickly to the opportunities offered by change, according to Thomson Reuters annual report on the State ... Read More »

Forrester Research Introduces Forrester’s 2016 Interactive Data Privacy Heat Map

To help security and risk professionals navigate the complex landscape of privacy laws around the world, Forrester created a data privacy heat map that highlights the data protection guidelines and practices for 54 different countries. It also covers other relevant issues like government surveillance, cross-border data transfers, and regulatory enforcement.  Due to the dynamic nature of data protection legislation, we ... Read More »

Privacy Laws & Business 30th Anniversary International Conference at St. John’s College, Cambridge, 3-5 July 2017

Get an authoritative update on international data transfers, the EU-US Privacy Shield and adequacy by EU Commission speakers and other leading experts at Privacy Laws & Business 30th Anniversary International Conference at St. John’s College, Cambridge, 3-5 July 2017. Early bird registration with 20% discount until 14 February at www.privacylaws.com/annualconference Read More »

FICO Joins EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Program to Protect Clients’ Data

Silicon Valley analytics software firm FICO today announced that it has been accepted into the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program, which requires FICO to agree to comply with EU data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union to the United States.  Effective December 7, 2016, this voluntary self-certification declares FICO’s cooperation with the privacy program adopted jointly by ... Read More »

New China Cyber Security Law Comes with Data Protection Implications

On June 1, 2017, Chinese consumers and businesses, including financial institutions, will wake up to a more stringent set of rules regarding the creation and use of personal data. The new PRC Cybersecurity Law was passed after a third deliberation suggesting the extent to which the government sees the important of the Internet while recognizing the real threat posed it. ... Read More »

China’s New Promises and Measures to Enhance IP Protection

At the end of November 2016, China issued a high-profile policy statement on protection of property rights (http://www.gov.cn/zhengce/2016-11/27/content_5138533.htm) in the joint name of the all-powerful Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (“CCCPC”, which is the actually ruling body of China under the leadership of the Politburo) and the State Council (the cabinet). The statement includes a section devoted ... Read More »

LexisNexis® Adds a New Module on Competition Law in Its Lexis® Practical Guidance Portfolio

Content and technology solutions provider LexisNexis® launched a new practice area in its Practical Guidance portfolio with Competition Law to provide detailed procedural guidance on the anti-competitive practices along with the compliances and procedure required to initiate and carry out any competition case before the appropriate Commission or Court of Law.  Content for the Lexis® Practical Guidance Competition Law practice ... Read More »