On September 8, 2020, AB-1138, the Parent’s Accountability and Child Protection Act, was enrolled and presented to the California Governor for signature. If signed into law by the Governor, the bill would require a business that operates a social media website or application, beginning July 1, 2021, to obtain verifiable parental consent for California-based children the business “actually knows” is under 13 years of age.
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On August 6, 2020, President Trump signed executive orders imposing new economic sanctions under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the National Emergencies Act against TikTok and WeChat. The orders potentially affect tens of millions of U.S. users of these applications and billions of users worldwide.
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On April 30, 2020, the French Data Protection Authority published guidance on the extraction of web users’ personal data from online public spaces by web scraping tools and re-use of such data for direct marketing purposes.
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On March 1, 2020, the Provisions on the Governance of Network Information Content Ecology took effect. The Provisions govern China’s network information content ecology—including content producers, platforms, users, industry organizations and Departments of Cyberspace Administration.
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On February 21, 2020, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union published a revised part of the proposed Regulation concerning the Respect for Private Life and the Protection of Personal Data in Electronic Communications and Repealing Directive.
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On February 10, 2020, the Belgian Data Protection Authority published its Recommendation on data processing activities for direct marketing purposes. The Recommendation aims to clarify the complex rules relating to processing personal data for direct marketing purposes.
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