The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently vacated a 4.3 million dollar civil monetary penalty imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights in 2017 against the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, holding that the penalty was “arbitrary, capricious, and otherwise unlawful.”
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On June 16, 2020, the European Data Protection Board released a statement on the processing of personal data in the context of reopening borders following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Continue Reading EDPB Releases Statement on the Processing of Personal Data in the Context of Reopening Borders Following the COVID-19 Outbreak

On June 11, 2020, the California Senate amended AB-713 to the California Consumer Privacy Act. The Senate’s recent amendments impose new contractual obligations on the use or sale of de-identified information and modify the exemption from the CCPA for information used for public health purposes.
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On May 25 and May 26, 2020 respectively, the Belgian Data Protection Authority published two opinions on draft laws introducing COVID-19-related tracking initiatives.
Continue Reading Belgian DPA Publishes Opinions on Draft Laws for the Creation of a Database and for the Use of Contact Tracing Apps for COVID-19 Tracking