Indian Supreme Court Holds That Privacy Is a Fundamental Right

Stephen Mathias of the law firm Kochhar & Co. reports from India that in a landmark judgment delivered in August 2017, the Supreme Court of India (“Court”) unanimously held that the right to privacy is a fundamental right under the Constitution of India.  The Court also delivered six separate concurring judgments, with the main judgment being delivered by four of the nine judges.

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Lisa Sotto Invited to Speak at Privacy Shield’s First Annual Joint Review

On September 18, 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) and U.S. Department of Commerce (“Department”) kicked off their first annual joint review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (“Privacy Shield”).  To aid in the review, the Department invited a few industry leaders, including Hunton & Williams’ partner Lisa J. Sotto, who chairs the firm’s Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, to speak about their experiences during the first year of the Privacy Shield.

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FTC Posts Ninth Blog in Its “Stick with Security” Series

On September 15, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission published the ninth blog post in its “Stick with Security” series. As previously reported, the FTC will publish an entry every Friday for the next few months focusing on each of the 10 principles outlined in its Start with Security Guide for Businesses. This week’s post, entitled Stick with Security: Make sure your service providers implement reasonable security measures, highlights the importance for companies to ensure that the service providers they engage with implement reasonable security measures.

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Progress on Draft ePrivacy Regulation – EU Council Publishes Proposed Amendments

On September 8, 2017, the Council of the European Union published its proposed revisions to the draft E-Privacy Regulation (“EPR”), which was first published by the European Commission in January 2016. The revisions have been made based on written comments and discussions involving the Working Party for Telecommunications and Information Society (“WP TELE”) and serve as a discussion for further meetings of the group in late September 2017.

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UK Government Introduces Draft Data Protection Bill to Parliament

On September 14, 2017, the UK Government introduced a new Data Protection Bill (the “Bill”) to Parliament.  The Bill is intended to replace the UK’s existing Data Protection Act 1998 and enshrine the EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) into UK law once the UK has left the European Union.  The GDPR allows EU Member States to enact, via national law, exemptions from the various provisions of the GDPR, which the Bill also seeks to implement.

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EU Publishes Measures to Strengthen EU Cybersecurity Structures and Capabilities

On September 13, 2017, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy published a Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on “Resilience, Deterrence and Defence: Building strong cybersecurity for the EU” (“Joint Communication”). This Joint Communication is part of a package of EU documents adopted on the same date aimed at delivering a stronger EU response to cyber attacks. In particular, the Joint Communication puts forward targeted measures to (1) build greater EU resilience to cyber attacks, (2) better detect cyber attacks, and (3) strengthen international cooperation on cybersecurity.
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FTC Posts Eighth Blog in Its “Stick with Security” Series

On September 8, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission published the eighth blog post in its “Stick with Security” series. As previously reported, the FTC will publish an entry every Friday for the next few months focusing on each of the 10 principles outlined in its Start with Security Guide for Businesses. This week’s post, entitled Stick with Security: Apply sound security practices when developing new products, outlines the importance of building security into product development from the start.

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CIPL Issues Comments on the Proposal for an ePrivacy Regulation in the European Union

On September 11, 2017, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (“CIPL”) at Hunton & Williams LLP issued a white paper on the Proposal for an ePrivacy Regulation (the “White Paper”). The White Paper comments on the European Commission’s proposal to replace and modernize the privacy framework for electronic communications contained in the current ePrivacy Directive and to align it with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

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OCR Releases Guidance on HIPAA Compliance During Emergencies

On September 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued an announcement containing disaster preparedness and recovery guidance in advance of Hurricane Irma. The announcement follows a bulletin issued in late August during Hurricane Harvey that addressed how protected health information (“PHI”) can be shared during emergencies. Together, these communications underscore key privacy and security issues for entities covered by HIPAA to help them protect individuals’ health information before, during and after emergency situations. Continue Reading

FTC Brings First Enforcement Action Under Privacy Shield Framework

On September 8, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it had settled charges against three companies for misleading consumers about their participation in the Privacy Shield framework. The FTC alleged that Decusoft, LLC, Tru Communication, Inc. and Md7, LLC violated the FTC Act by falsely claiming that they were certified to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, when in fact the three companies never completed the Privacy Shield certification process. In addition, Decusoft falsely claimed to be certified to the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield. This marks the first enforcement action brought by the FTC pursuant to the Privacy Shield.

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