On January 19, 2017, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) released a draft Reliability Standard CIP-013-1 – Cyber Security – Supply Chain Risk Management (the “Proposed Standard”). The Proposed Standard addresses directives of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) in Order No. 829 to develop a new or modified reliability standard to address “supply chain risk management for industrial control system hardware, software, and computing and networking services associated with bulk electric system operations.”  Continue Reading NERC Releases Draft Standard for Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk Management

On September 27, 2016, Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe (“CISPE”) published its Data Protection Code of Conduct (the “Code”). CISPE, a relatively new coalition of more than 20 cloud infrastructure providers with operations in Europe, has focused the Code on transparency and compliance with EU data protection laws. Continue Reading CISPE Unveils Cloud Providers Code of Conduct

On March 22, 2013, Peru issued the implementing regulations of its new data protection law. The Reglamento de la Ley No 29733, Ley de Protección de Datos Personales (“Regulations”) provide detailed rules on a variety of topics, including the following:

  • Territorial scope;
  • notice and consent;
  • data transfers;
  • processing of personal data relating to children and adolescents;
  • data processing in the communications and telecommunications sectors;
  • outsourcing;
  • information security;
  • data subjects’ rights;
  • registration of databases;
  • codes of conduct; and
  • enforcement.

View the Regulations (in Spanish, beginning on page 28).

Reporting from Israel, legal consultant Dr. Omer Tene writes:

In a detailed, 27-page decision (Admin. App. 24867-02-11 IDI Insurance v. Database Registrar), the Tel Aviv District Court recently upheld the validity of an instruction issued by the data protection regulator restricting financial institutions from using information about a third party’s attachment of their client’s account for the financial institution’s own purposes. The court held that the regulator is authorized to issue market instructions interpreting the law. The decision is likely to have far-reaching effects on the validity and weight given to a series of detailed guidance documents and market instructions published by the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority (“ILITA”) over the past two years. These include instructions regarding: Continue Reading Israeli Court Upholds DPA’s Authority to Issue Market Instructions

On August 15, 2012, Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III signed the Data Privacy Act of 2012 passed earlier this year by the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives. Concerns about the creation of the National Privacy Commission and the criminal penalties associated with the Act delayed final enactment.

Continue Reading Philippines President Aquino Signs Data Protection Legislation

On July 10, 2012, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (“FFIEC”) released a statement on outsourced cloud computing activities. The statement, which was prepared by the FFIEC Information Technology Subcommittee, discusses key risk considerations associated with using third-party vendors to implement cloud computing solutions, and identifies applicable risk mitigation considerations contained in the various booklets that comprise the FFIEC IT Examination Handbook. The statement indicates that the FFIEC agencies “consider cloud computing to be another form of outsourcing with the same basic risk characteristics and risk management requirements as traditional forms of outsourcing.” The paper focuses on addressing key risks of outsourced cloud computing identified in existing guidance. Key points include the following: Continue Reading FFIEC Issues Statement on Cloud Computing

On June 6, 2012, the Article 29 Working Party (the “Working Party”) adopted WP 195 (the “Opinion”) setting out the requirements for Binding Corporate Rules (“BCRs”) for processors. Similar to WP 153, the Opinion lists the requirements to be covered in the processor BCRs application form and the BCRs document itself. The Opinion likely will be welcomed by processors, in particular those that provide large-scale, multinational data processing services.

Continue Reading Article 29 Working Party Issues Opinion on Processor Binding Corporate Rules

On March 20, 2012, the Senate of the Philippines unanimously approved the omnibus Data Privacy Act of 2011, also known as “An Act Protecting Individual Personal Information in Information and Communications Systems in the Government and the Private Sector, Creating for This Purpose a National Data Protection Commission, and for Other Purposes” (S.B. 2965). Once signed into law, the legislation will impose a privacy regime modeled on the EU Data Protection Directive. It features significant notice, consent and data breach notification requirements, and it imposes direct obligations on both data controllers and data processors. The law will create a National Privacy Commission with authority to monitor compliance and recommend to the Department of Justice the imposition of penalties for noncompliance, including imprisonment and fines.

Although the bill does not contain cross-border data transfer restrictions, the law will apply to certain foreign processing of personal information about Philippine residents. In an apparent effort to protect the domestic outsourcing industry, however, the law will not apply to “personal information originally collected from residents of foreign jurisdictions in accordance with the laws of those foreign jurisdictions, including any applicable data privacy laws, which is being processed in the Philippines.”

On August 24, 2011, the Government of India’s Ministry of Communications & Information Technology issued a clarification regarding India’s new privacy regulations, known as the Information Technology (Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures and Sensitive Personal Data or Information) Rules, 2011 (the “Rules”), under Section 43A of the Information Technology Act 2000.

Continue Reading Outsourcers Exempt from India’s Privacy Regulations

On April 11, 2011, India adopted new privacy regulations, known as the Information Technology (Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures and Sensitive Personal Data or Information) Rules, 2011 (the “Rules”).  The Rules are final versions of the draft regulations issued in February 2011 and impose wide-ranging obligations on any “body corporate” (company) that “collects, receives, possesses, stores, deals or handles” personal information.  These obligations require companies to provide privacy policies, restrict the processing of sensitive personal data, restrict international data transfers and require additional security measures.  The Rules introduce an omnibus privacy law that is similar in many respects to existing EU data protection law, but which raises some fundamental challenges for India’s numerous outsourcing vendors, and their customers.

Continue Reading India Drafts New Privacy Regulations