At its October monthly meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission adopted new reliability standards addressing cybersecurity risks associated with the global supply chain for Bulk Electric System Cyber Systems. The new standards expand the scope of the mandatory and enforceable cybersecurity standards applicable to the electric utility sector.
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On July 31, 2018, the Supreme Court of Ireland granted Facebook, Inc.’s leave to appeal a lower court’s ruling sending a privacy case to the Court of Justice of the European Union. In granting Facebook leave to appeal, the Supreme Court noted that “[i]t is in the interest of justice” that the Court hear its arguments. The hearing will take place within the next five months.
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On July 17, 2018, the European Union and Japan successfully concluded negotiations on a reciprocal finding of an adequate level of data protection, thereby agreeing to recognize each other’s data protection systems as “equivalent.” This will allow personal data to flow safely between the EU and Japan, without being subject to any further safeguards or authorizations.
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On October 18, 2017, the EU Commission released its report and accompanying working document on the first annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework. The report states that the Privacy Shield framework continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data that is transferred from the EU to the U.S.
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On August 14, 2017, the Colombian Superintendence of Industry and Commerce announced that it was adding the United States to its list of nations that provide an adequate level of protection for the transfer of personal information. This development should help facilitate the transfer of personal information from Colombia to the United States.
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