Monthly Archives: November 2011

Facebook Settles FTC Charges

On November 29, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Facebook has settled charges that it deceived consumers by making false privacy promises.… Continue Reading

EU Commissioner Reding Promotes Use of BCRs at IAPP Congress in Paris

On November 29, 2011, at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress, EU Commissioner Viviane Reding provided insight into some of the details of the proposals for the revised EU data protection framework. She focused on promoting Binding Corporate Rules as a solution for safeguarding international flows of data.… Continue Reading

German Data Protection Association Issues Report on “Uniform Data Protection Law in Europe through Regulation”

On November 17, 2011, the German Association for Data Protection and Data Security held its 35th Privacy Conference in Cologne, Germany. At the opening plenary session, Paul Nemitz, Director for Fundamental Rights and Citizenship of the European Commission, announced that the European Commission plans to implement a Regulation to harmonize data protection laws in Europe.… Continue Reading

APEC Leaders Endorse Cross-Border Privacy Rules

On November 13, 2011, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders endorsed the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules system at an APEC meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Leaders’ Statement also endorsed interoperability between national and regional privacy and data protection regimes.… Continue Reading

Law360 Q&A with Lisa Sotto

On November 4, 2011, Law360 interviewed Lisa J. Sotto, partner and head of the Global Privacy and Data Security practice at Hunton & Williams LLP. In a question and answer session, Sotto discussed the challenges of working with multinational companies on compliance with privacy laws, and addressed questions related to her practice and career. Read … Continue Reading

New Chinese Legislation Includes Provisions Protecting Personal Information

In the past two months, Chinese authorities have moved to strengthen laws concerning the protection of personal information. A national law has been amended to protect the confidentiality of personal information contained on national identity cards, and Jiangsu Province has become the first province to implement a personal information regulation applicable across all industry sectors.… Continue Reading

Court Dismisses Facebook “Friend Finder” Lawsuit

On October 27, 2011, a federal court in California dismissed a putative class action complaint alleging that Facebook misappropriated users’ names and likenesses in promoting its “Friend Finder” feature. The court concluded that the plaintiffs had failed to show they suffered any cognizable injury.… Continue Reading

Privacy Attorneys Receive Super Lawyers Honors

Hunton & Williams LLP is pleased to congratulate Aaron P. Simpson for his inclusion in Super Lawyers New York Rising Stars 2011. His practice focuses on complex privacy and data security matters, including assisting clients with the remediation of large-scale data security incidents and compliance with federal, state and international privacy and data security requirements. In addition, … Continue Reading

Live from Mexico City: Implementing Accountability in the Marketplace

On November 1, 2011, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership released a discussion document that provides a comprehensive summary of the Centre’s third year of work with the Accountability Project. The document examines the requirements and benefits of accountability, as well as when and how accountability may be recognized.… Continue Reading