The Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton and the Data Security Council of India have published a report on “Enabling Accountable Data Transfers from India to the United States under India’s Proposed Personal Data Protection Bill,” which highlights the importance of continued flows of data between India and the U.S. following the expected passage of new comprehensive data protection legislation in India.
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On August 27, 2020, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, the “Dutch DPA”) announced it approved the “Data Pro Code,” a code of conduct drafted by industry association NLdigital (the “Code”). This Code is the first code of conduct approved by the Dutch DPA under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). Adhering to the Code will help organizations active in the Information and Communications Technology sector comply with their obligations under the GDPR. The Code includes, among other things, a series of practical GDPR compliance tools, such as the “Data Pro Statement” that companies may use to inform potential customers of the data protection safeguards they have in place.

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On August 11, 2020, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales overturned the High Court’s dismissal of a challenge to South Wales Police’s use of Automated Facial Recognition technology, finding that its use was unlawful and violated human rights.
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On August 5, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it has levied a fine of €250,000 on a French online shoe retailer for various infringements of the GDPR. This is the first penalty under the GDPR enforced by the CNIL as the lead supervisory authority in cooperation with other EU supervisory authorities.
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On July 30, 2020, the Litigation Chamber of the Belgian Data Protection Authority (the “Belgian DPA”) imposed a €20,000 fine on Belgian telecommunications provider Proximus N.V. (“Proximus”) for several data protection infringements related to Proximus’ public directory. In particular, the claimant requested that Proximus remove his contact details from the public directory and inform other publishers of public directories not to publish his personal data. Despite informing the claimant that it was going to proceed accordingly, Proximus still published his personal data in its public directory and shared it with other publishers of public directories.

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On July 28, 2020, German supervisory authorities issued a statement reiterating the requirement for additional safeguards when organizations rely on Standard Contractual Clauses or Binding Corporate Rules for the transfer of personal data to third countries in the wake of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s invalidation of the Privacy Shield Framework.
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On July 23, 2020, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office published the first two reports from its Data Protection Regulatory Sandbox Beta phase, which launched in September 2019 as a pilot and involves the assessment of ten products and services that use personal data in innovative ways.
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