On April 27, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission issued two warning letters to foreign marketers of geolocation tracking devices for violations of the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). The first letter was directed to a Chinese company, Gator Group, Ltd., that sold the “Kids GPS Gator Watch” (marketed as a child’s first cellphone); the second was sent to a Swedish company, Tinitell, Inc., marketing a child-based app that works with a mobile phone worn like a watch. Both products collect a child’s precise geolocation data, and the Gator Watch includes geofencing “safe zones.”   Continue Reading FTC Issues Warning Letters for Potential COPPA Violations

On May 1, 2018, the Information Security Technology – Personal Information Security Specification (the “Specification”) went into effect in China. The Specification is not binding and cannot be used as a direct basis for enforcement. However, enforcement agencies in China can still use the Specification as a reference or guideline in their administration and enforcement activities. For this reason, the Specification should be taken seriously as a best practice in personal data protection in China, and should be complied with where feasible. Continue Reading National Standard on Personal Information Security Goes into Effect in China

In a recent video, Hunton & Williams LLP’s partner Manuel (“Bing”) Maisog discusses the Standardization Administration of China’s recent specifications for security standards in China. The specifications will come into effect on May 1, 2018, and will act as a best practices guide for the collection and use of personal information. Bing provides an overview of the specifications, and also asserts that because the specifications are more straightforward and easy to understand than compulsory regulations, this is the best way for entities to begin the process of compliance with security requirements in China.

View Bing’s video on the security standards in China.

On January 25, 2018, the Standardization Administration of China published the full text of the Information Security Technology – Personal Information Security Specification (the “Specification”). The Specification will come into effect on May 1, 2018. The Specification is voluntary, but could become influential within China because it establishes benchmarks for the processing of personal information by a wide variety of entities and organizations. In effect, the Specification constitutes a best practices guide for the collection, retention, use, sharing and transfer of personal information, and for the handling of related information security incidents. Continue Reading China Releases National Standard on Personal Information Security

On August 31, 2017, the National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee of China published four draft voluntary guidelines (“Draft Guidelines”) in relation to the Cybersecurity Law of China. The Draft Guidelines are open for comment from the general public until October 13, 2017. Continue Reading China Releases Four Draft Guidelines in Relation to Cybersecurity Law

Recently, the National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee of China published a draft document entitled Information Security Technology – Guidelines for De-Identifying Personal Information (the “Draft Guidelines”). The Draft Guidelines are open for comment from the general public until October 9, 2017. Continue Reading China Releases Draft Guidelines on De-Identification of Personal Information

Recently, the fourth edition of the book, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection 2017, was published by the Global Legal Group. Hunton & Williams’ Global Privacy and Cybersecurity lawyers prepared several chapters in the guide, including the opening chapter on “All Change for Data Protection: The European Data Protection Regulation,” co-authored by London partner Bridget Treacy and associate Anita Bapat. Several other global privacy and cybersecurity team members also prepared chapters in the guide, including David Dumont (Belgium), Claire François (France), Judy Li (China), Manuel E. Maisog (China), Wim Nauwelaerts (Belgium), Anna Pateraki (Germany), Aaron P. Simpson (United States), Adam Smith (United Kingdom) and Jenna Rode (United States). Continue Reading Hunton Privacy Team Publishes Several Chapters in International Comparative Legal Guide to Data Protection

In the wake of China’s Cybersecurity Law going into effect on June 1, 2017, local authorities in Shantou and Chongqing have brought enforcement actions against information technology companies for violations of the Cybersecurity Law. These are, reportedly, the first enforcement actions brought pursuant to the Cybersecurity Law.

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On July 10, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China published a new draft of its Regulations on Protecting the Security of Key Information Infrastructure (the “Draft Regulations”), and invited comment from the general public. The Cybersecurity Law of China establishes a new category of information infrastructure, called “key [or critical] information infrastructure,” and imposes certain cybersecurity obligations on enterprises that operate such infrastructure. The Draft Regulations will remain open for comment through August 10, 2017. Continue Reading China Publishes Draft Regulations on Protecting the Security of Key Information Infrastructure