On November 29, 2019, Senator Roger Wicker (MS), Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, circulated a draft of a comprehensive federal privacy bill entitled the United States Consumer Data Privacy Act of 2019 (“the Bill”).
On November 26, 2019, the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) announced that it had levied a fine of €500,000 on Futura Internationale, a French SME specializing in thermal insulation of private buildings, for various infringements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The infringements related to the company’s direct marketing voice-to-voice calls include failure to (1) comply with the individuals’ objection to the processing of their personal data for direct marketing; (2) process only relevant personal data (by recording excessive comments in the CRM software); (3) provide sufficient notice regarding the recording of phone calls and data processing; (4) cooperate with the CNIL; and (5) implement appropriate data transfer mechanisms for the data transfers to non-EU call center providers.
As reported by Russian law firm Alrud, on November 21, 2019, the Russian State Duma passed a bill (the “Bill”) that would increase the minimum fines that may be imposed for violations of Russia’s data protection laws. The Bill would allow for maximum administrative fines of 18 million RUB (approximately $282,000 USD) for violations of Russia’s data localization requirement, which requires entities processing personal data of Russian citizens to process that data in databases located within the territory of Russia. This represents a significant departure from the maximum administrative fines that may be imposed for other data protection violations in Russia as it is significantly higher than other potential penalties.
At its 15th plenary meeting, the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) adopted the final guidelines on the territorial scope of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) (the “Guidelines”), taking into account the feedback it received during the public consultation of its draft guidelines published on November 23, 2018.
On November 26, 2019, Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (WA), alongside Senators Brian Schatz (HI), Amy Klobuchar (MN) and Ed Markey (MA), unveiled a new comprehensive federal privacy bill entitled the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (“COPRA”).
The bill would create a new bureau within the Federal Trade Commission focusing on privacy and data security to enforce the law and promulgate new rules and regulations in the space. It also would provide enforcement authority for state attorneys general as well as a private right of action. It would preempt only state laws that “directly conflict with the provisions of the Act,” and specifically notes that state laws that afford a “greater level of protection to individuals” would not be considered in direct conflict.
On November 26, 2019, the European Data Protection Supervisor’s office (“EDPS”) and the European Parliament announced that Wojciech Wiewiórowski, currently Assistant Supervisor and acting replacement for the European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli, will officially be the new European Data Protection Supervisor for the new term of office. The Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of Member States to the European Union (“COREPER”) and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament (“LIBE”) confirmed Wojciech Wiewiórowski for a 5-year mandate as European Data Protection Supervisor. In the following days, the European Parliament and Council of the European Union will proceed to formally appoint Wojciech Wiewiórowski as the new European Data Protection Supervisor. Wojciech Wiewiórowski has served as Assistant Supervisor since December 2014. Earlier in his career, Wojciech Wiewiórowski was the Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data at the Polish Data Protection Authority.
As part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Lisa Sotto, partner and chair of Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Privacy and Cybersecurity practice, was highlighted as the featured author in Wolters Kluwer’s October issue of Author Insights. Lisa is the editor and lead author of Wolters Kluwer’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Deskbook, a guide to managing privacy and data security issues globally.
On November 13, 2019, the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) published its draft guidelines 4/2019 (the “Guidelines”) on the obligation of Data Protection by Design and by Default (“DPbDD”) set out under Article 25 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).
On November 18, 2019, the ranking members from four Senate Committees (Senator Maria Cantwell (WA) from Commerce, Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) from Judiciary, Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), and Senator Patty Murray (WA) from Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) released a set of “core principles” for federal privacy legislation.