On September 30, 2018, the U.S., Mexico and Canada announced a new trade agreement (the “USMCA”) aimed at replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement. Notably, the USMCA’s chapter on digital trade recognizes “the economic and social benefits of protecting the personal information of users of digital trade” and will require the U.S., Canada and Mexico (the “Parties”) to each “adopt or maintain a legal framework that provides for the protection of the personal information of the users[.]” The frameworks should include key principles such as: limitations on collection, choice, data quality, purpose specification, use limitation, security safeguards, transparency, individual participation and accountability. Continue Reading APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules Enshrined in U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

During the week of June 25, 2018, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (“CIPL”) at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP hosted its annual executive retreat in San Francisco, California. The annual event consisted of a closed pre-retreat session for CIPL members, a CIPL Panel at the APPA Forum Open session followed by a CIPL reception and dinner and a special all day workshop with data protection commissioner members of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (“APPA”) on Accountable AI. Continue Reading CIPL Hosts Special Executive Retreat with APPA Privacy Commissioners on Accountable AI

On November 23, 2017, the Australian Attorney-General’s Department announced that it will move forward with an application to participate in the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (“CBPR”) system. The announcement follows comments received from a July 2017 consultation by the Australian Government regarding the implications of Australia’s possible participation in the system. Over the next months, the Attorney-General’s Department will work with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and businesses to implement the CBPR system requirements. Continue Reading Australia Announces Plans to Participate in APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules

The Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP (“CIPL”) recently submitted responses to the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC Response) and the CNIL (CNIL Response) on their public consultations, seeking views on transparency and international data transfers under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

The responses address a variety of questions posed by both data protection authorities (“DPAs”) and aim to provide insight on and highlight issues surrounding transparency and international transfers. Continue Reading CIPL Responds to CNIL and Irish DPC on Transparency and Data Transfers under the GDPR

Last week, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (“CIPL”) and several privacy team members at Hunton & Williams LLP attended the 39th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Hong Kong (the “Conference”). The weeklong event hosted by Stephen Kai-yi Wong, Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong was attended by over 3000 privacy professionals from data protection authorities (“DPAs”), industry and research sectors. CIPL hosted two events at the conference, as well as a joint roundtable with Hunton & Williams and Citibank, throughout the week.

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On July 27, 2017, Singapore submitted its notice of intent to join the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (“CBPR”) system and the APEC Privacy Recognition for Processors System (“PRP”). Singapore would be the sixth member of the CBPR system, joining Canada, Japan, Mexico, the United States and the newest member, South Korea. The announcement was made by Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communication and Information, at the Personal Data Protection Seminar 2017. Continue Reading Singapore Submits Notice of Intent to Join the APEC CBPR and PRP Systems

On Monday, June 12, 2017, South Korea’s Ministry of the Interior and the Korea Communications Commission announced that South Korea has secured approval to participate in the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (“CBPR”) system. South Korea had submitted its intent to join the CBPR system back in January 2017. South Korea will become the fifth APEC economy to join the CBPR system. The other four participants are Canada, Japan, Mexico and the United States.

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On February 22, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it had reached settlement agreements (“the Proposed Agreements”) with three U.S. companies charged with deceiving consumers about their participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Privacy Rules (“APEC CBPR”) system. The three companies are Sentinel Labs, Inc. (which provides endpoint protection software), SpyChatter, Inc. (which markets a private messaging app) and Vir2us, Inc. (which distributes cybersecurity software). In separate complaints, the FTC alleged that each company falsely represented in its online privacy policy that it participated in the APEC CBPR program (“the Program”), when in fact none of the companies have ever been certified as required by the Program. The Program requires participants to undergo a review by an APEC-recognized accountability agent, whose review certifies that participants meet the Program’s standards. The Program is based on nine data privacy principles: preventing harm, notice, collection limitation, use choice, integrity, security safeguards, access and correction, and accountability.

Continue Reading FTC Announces Settlements with Three Companies Accused of Deceiving Consumers About Participating in APEC CBPR Program