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APEC Leaders Reinforce Commitment to CBPR System

On November 19, 2015, the White House released a fact sheet from the 23rd Annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in the Philippines. At the meeting, representatives from the U.S. and other APEC economies reinforced their commitment to the ongoing implementation of the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules system for information controllers.… Continue Reading

CIPL Points to Transparency as Key Catalyst for Innovative Information Economy

On November 20, 2015, Markus Heyder, Vice President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP, discussed how “transparency is increasingly understood as a core component of addressing the challenges of the modern information economy” and a key catalyst for a productive and innovative information economy in an article entitled Transparency and the Future of Driverless Privacy published by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. … Continue Reading

Retailer Sued over Allegations that Background Check Consent Form Includes Extraneous Information

As reported in the Hunton Employment & Labor Perspectives Blog: On November 2, 2015, a putative class action was filed against retailer Big Lots Stores, Inc. in Philadelphia, stemming from allegations that the company “systematically” violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (“FCRA’s”) “standalone disclosure requirement” by making prospective employees sign a document used as a … Continue Reading

China Publishes New Regulation for Personal Data Security in the Courier Industry

On November 16, 2015, the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China published a draft Regulation for Couriers and requested public comment on the draft regulation, which imposes certain obligations on courier companies with respect to verifying and protecting personal information. Interested parties have until mid-December 2015 to submit comments. … Continue Reading

FCC Reaches Settlement with Cable Operator over Customer Data Breach

On November 5, 2015, the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) entered into a Consent Decree with cable operator Cox Communications to settle allegations that the company failed to properly protect customer information when the company’s electronic data systems were breached in August 2014 by a hacker. The FCC alleged that Cox failed … Continue Reading

Brazil Releases Revised Draft Privacy Bill

In late October, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice (the “Ministry”) issued its revised Draft Bill for the Protection of Personal Data (“Draft Bill”). The Ministry released its preliminary draft in January 2015, and the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP (“CIPL”) filed public comments to the draft on May 5, 2015.… Continue Reading

FCC to Tackle Issue of Broadband Privacy

On November 2, 2015, Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Tom Wheeler, indicated in an interview that the agency would take on the issue of broadband privacy within the next several months, most likely in the form of a notice of proposed rulemaking. … Continue Reading

EU Commission Publishes Communication on Transatlantic Data Transfers and Confirms Objective to Establish a New Safe Harbor Framework

On November 6, 2015, the European Commission published a communication and a Q&A document addressed to the European Parliament and European Council on the transfer of personal data from the EU to the U.S. under EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, following the decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union invalidating the European Commission’s Safe Harbor decision.… Continue Reading

Senate Passes Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

On October 27, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed S.754 - Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 by a vote of 74 to 21. This bill is intended to facilitate and encourage the sharing of Internet traffic information between and among companies and the federal government to prevent cyber attacks.… Continue Reading