The encryption debate is far from ‘going dark’

Shortly after the release of the communiqué from the most recent ministerial meetings of the ‘Five Countries’ security alliance — Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US — at the end of July, we warned that the issue of the use of, and access to, encrypted services and technologies ‘remains front of mind for … Read more

US Senate confirms Permanent Ombudsman for the EU-US Privacy Shield Agreement

On 20 June 2019, the US Senate confirmed Keith Krach as the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. As part of that role, Krach will serve as the permanent Ombudsman for the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement. The EU-US Privacy Shield is a framework that regulates transatlantic exchanges of personal data … Read more

US FTC continues Facebook privacy and competition probes

The US FTC continues its investigations of Facebook relating to both privacy and competition issues. The FTC has undertaken several investigations of Facebook’s privacy practices, and has notably entered into a consent decree in 2012 requiring Facebook to gain more explicit consent from users before sharing their data. Over the past year, in the wake … Read more

US DoJ issues white paper addressing CLOUD Act

In April 2019, the US Department of Justice (“DoJ“) published a white paper entitled “Promoting Public Safety, Privacy, and the Rule of Law Around the World: The Purpose and Impact of the CLOUD Act” (the “White Paper“). The White Paper is the DoJ’s first official statement about the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act … Read more

Proposals for federal privacy-related legislation continue

In the US, efforts have continued to establish a comprehensive national privacy law, to replace the current patchwork approach undertaken on a state and sector basis. Key recent federal privacy initiatives include the following: Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2019 On 10 April 2019, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Representative Yvette Clarke … Read more