On January 8, 2018, the FTC announced an agreement with electronic toy manufacturer, VTech Electronics, settling charges that VTech violated COPPA by collecting personal information from hundreds of thousands of children without providing direct notice or obtaining their parent’s consent, and failing to take reasonable steps to secure the data it collected.
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On July 25, 2016, the Article 29 Working Party and the European Data Protection Supervisor released their respective Opinions regarding the evaluation and review of Directive 2002/58/EC on privacy and electronic communications. Both the Working Party and the EDPS stressed that new rules should complement the protections available under the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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On April 12, 2016, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it will participate in a coordinated online audit to analyze the impact of everyday connected devices on privacy. The audit will be coordinated by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network, a global network of approximately 50 data protection authorities from around the world.
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On November 20, 2015, Markus Heyder, Vice President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP, discussed how “transparency is increasingly understood as a core component of addressing the challenges of the modern information economy” and a key catalyst for a productive and innovative information economy in an article entitled Transparency and the Future of Driverless Privacy published by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
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Hunton & Williams welcomes Phyllis Marcus as counsel to the firm’s privacy and competition teams. Phyllis joins the firm from the Federal Trade Commission, where she most recently served as Chief of Staff of the Division of Advertising Practices.
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On October 27, 2015, Hunton & Williams LLP’s Centre for Information Policy Leadership will conduct a joint workshop with Nymity on Bridging Disparate Privacy Regimes through Organizational Accountability during the 37th International Privacy Conference. The Centre for Information Policy Leadership also has released two draft white papers in a series of three on protecting privacy in a world of big data.
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On October 6 and 7, 2015, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP and the Instituto Brasiliense de Direito Publico will co-host a two-day Global Data Privacy Dialogue in Brazil.
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On August 11, 2015, the Online Trust Alliance, a nonprofit group whose goal is to increase online trust and promote the vitality of the Internet, released a framework for best practices in privacy and data security for the Internet of Things.
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