HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DATA PRIVACY DAY: OUR PREDICTIONS FOR 2022

Happy International Data Privacy Day! And what better day than today, to explore what 2022 is likely to have in store for data and privacy? One year on from the introduction of the UK GDPR in a post-Brexit Britain. Two years on from the start of a global pandemic which forced a discussion around the … Read more

Online Privacy Code: More Transparency and Minimum Standards for Online Platforms in Australia

 G20 nation moves to modernised privacy code for online platforms, including binding rules. The proposed scope – and stakes for industry players – is substantial. On 25 October 2021, the Australian Attorney-General’s department released, for public consultation, an exposure draft bill introducing amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and … Read more

Online Privacy Bill and Privacy Act Discussion Paper: Stricter Enforcement, Online Privacy Code and the Impact for Organisations Handling Personal Information

Two recent publications by the Australian Attorney-General’s Department mark significant steps forward on the long road to reform of Australian privacy legislation: An Online Privacy Bill Exposure Draft introducing amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (“Online Privacy Bill”), which will strengthen penalties and enforcement measures and introduce a binding privacy code for online platforms. … Read more

GDPR fines can contemplate parent group turnover: The story behind the WhatsApp fine

Summary The DPC has fined WhatsApp, an instant messaging app owned by Facebook, €225 million in relation to an investigation into its compliance with transparency obligations under the GDPR. Following intervention from the EDPB, the proposed fine was increased from €30 – €50 million up to €225 million by taking into account the turnover of … Read more

China Cybersecurity and Data Protection: Monthly Update – May 2021 Issue

This e-bulletin summarises the latest developments in cybersecurity and data protection in China with a focus on the regulatory, enforcement, industry and international developments in this area. Our highlights In late April, we saw the second reading of the proposed Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) and Data Security Law (DSL) by the Standing Committee of … Read more

China – Cyber security and data protection April round up

The financial regulators have continued to increase their efforts to develop and protect financial data. The People’s Bank of China released new standards on enhancing the data capability of financial institutions. Further, several banks were penalized for violating data protection rules in relation to processing of personal information. MIIT has maintained its focus on its … Read more

ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH ELECTRONIC MARKETING RULES: A CLOSER LOOK AT SOFT OPT-IN CONSENT

The ICO’s recent decision to take enforcement action against a number of organisations (both in the form of investigations and regulatory fines) for sending unsolicited email and text based electronic marketing communications to individuals should serve to prompt organisations to take stock of the ways in which they promote their products and services using electronic … Read more

HOW TO CALCULATE A GDPR FINE – THE PROPOSED ICO WAY

The Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK (the “ICO”) has published for consultation its draft statutory guidance setting out how it will regulate and enforce data protection legislation in the UK. The document explains all of the ICO’s key powers (including information notices, assessment notices, enforcement notices and penalty notices). Perhaps most interestingly for organisations, … Read more