China Publishes Final Measures for Security Reviews of Network Products and Services

On May 2, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China published the final version of the Measures for the Security Review of Network Products and Services (for trial implementation) (the “Measures”), after having published a draft for public comment in February. Pursuant to the Cybersecurity Law of China (the “Cybersecurity Law”), if an operator of key information infrastructure purchases a network product or service that may affect national security, a security review of that product or service is required. The Measures provide detailed information about how these security reviews will actually be implemented. The Measures will come into effect on June 1, 2017, together with the Cybersecurity Law. The Measures should not be confused with the final version of the draft Measures for the Security Assessment of Outbound Transmission of Personal Information and Critical Data, which was published on April 11, 2017, and remain open for public comment. Continue Reading

Wireless Provider Reaches $2.5 Million Settlement with OCR

On April 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced that it had entered into a resolution agreement with CardioNet, Inc. (“CardioNet”) stemming from gaps in policies and procedures uncovered after CardioNet reported breaches of unsecured electronic protected health information (“ePHI”). CardioNet provides patients with an ambulatory cardiac monitoring service, and the settlement is OCR’s first with a wireless health services provider. Continue Reading

German Federal Parliament Passes New German Data Protection Act

On April 27, 2017, the German Federal Parliament adopted the new German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz) (“new BDSG”) to replace the existing Federal Data Protection Act of 2003. The new BDSG is intended to adapt the current German data protection law to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which will become effective on May 25, 2018. Continue Reading

FTC Seeks Comment on Proposed Changes to TRUSTe’s COPPA Safe Harbor Program

On April 19, 2017, the FTC announced that it is seeking public comment on proposed changes to TRUSTe, Inc.’s safe harbor program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (the “Proposed Changes”). As we previously reported, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that TRUSTe agreed to settle allegations that it failed to properly verify that customer websites aimed at children did not run third-party software to track users. The Proposed Changes are a result of the settlement agreement between TRUSTe and the New York Attorney General. Continue Reading

German DPA Publishes English Translation of Standard Data Protection Model

On April 13, 2017, the North Rhine-Westphalia State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information published an English translation of the draft Standard Data Protection Model (“SDM”). The SDM was adopted in November 2016 at the Conference of the Federal and State Data Protection Commissioners.  Continue Reading

OCR Settlement Underscores Importance of Risk Analysis and Risk Management

On April 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) entered into a resolution agreement with Metro Community Provider Network (“MCPN”) that stemmed from MCPN’s lack of a risk analysis and risk management plan that addressed risks and vulnerabilities to protected health information (“PHI”). Continue Reading

Privacy Compliance Company Agrees to a Settlement with the New York Attorney General

On April 6, 2017, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that privacy compliance company TRUSTe, Inc., agreed to settle allegations that it failed to properly verify that customer websites aimed at children did not run third-party software to track users. According to Attorney General Schneiderman, the enforcement action taken by the NY AG is the first to target a privacy compliance company over children’s privacy. Continue Reading

CIPL Issues Discussion Paper on GDPR Certifications

On April 12, 2017, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (“CIPL”) at Hunton & Williams LLP issued a discussion paper on Certifications, Seals and Marks under the GDPR and Their Roles as Accountability Tools and Cross-Border Data Transfer Mechanisms (the “Discussion Paper”). The Discussion Paper sets forth recommendations concerning the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation’s (“GDPR’s”) provisions on the development and use of certification mechanisms. The GDPR will become effective on May 25, 2018. The EU Commission, the Article 29 Working Party, individual EU data protection authorities (“DPAs”) and other stakeholders have begun to consider the role of GDPR certifications and how to develop and implement them. CIPL’s Discussion Paper is meant as formal input to that process. Continue Reading

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