Tag Archives: Personally Identifiable Information

China's Supreme People's Court Releases Provisions on the Online Issuance of Judgment Documents by People's Courts

On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court of China passed the Provisions on the Online Issuance of Judgment Documents by People's Courts, which will take effect on January 1, 2014. The Provisions generally focus on improved implementation of the principles of standardizing the online issuance of judgment documents, promoting judicial justice and enhancing the public credibility of the judiciary.… Continue Reading

Supreme Court of Canada Declares Alberta PIPA Invalid

On November 15, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada declared the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act invalid because the legislation interfered with the right to freedom of expression in the labor context under Section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.… Continue Reading

FTC Denies COPPA Parental Consent Mechanism Proposal

On November 13, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it denied a proposal submitted in August by AssertID, Inc. for a mechanism to obtain verifiable parental consent in accordance with the new Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule.… Continue Reading

State AGs Reach Settlement with Google on Safari Tracking

On November 13, 2013, Google entered into a $17 million settlement agreement with the attorneys general from 37 states and the District of Columbia related to allegations that the company bypassed users’ cookie-blocking settings on Apple’s Safari browser in 2011 and 2012. The settlement requires Google to refrain from bypassing cookie controls in the future … Continue Reading

Kazakhstan Enacts Data Privacy Law

Kazakhstan's new data privacy law, which was passed on May 21, 2013, is scheduled to come into effect on November 26, 2013. Kazakhstan joins the Kyrgyz Republic, becoming the second Central Asian country to enact a data privacy law.… Continue Reading

Senate Commerce Committee Broadens Data Broker Investigation

On September 25, 2013, Senator Jay Rockefeller expanded his investigation of the data broker industry by sending letters to twelve popular health and personal finance websites requesting information about their data collection and sharing practices. Responses are due by October 11, 2013.… Continue Reading

Chinese State Council Releases Opinion on Personal Data Protection

On August 8, 2013, the State Council of the People's Republic of China released Opinions containing high-level guidelines to encourage development of the information sector. The State Council's interest in this issue provides further evidence of the Chinese government's growing recognition of the importance of data protection.… Continue Reading

South Africa Passes Comprehensive Personal Data Protection Legislation

On August 22, 2013, the South African Parliament passed the Protection of Personal Information Bill, South Africa's first comprehensive data protection legislation. Among other requirements, the law includes provisions regarding notice and consent for data processing, breach notification requirements and restrictions on cross-border data transfers.… Continue Reading

Court Approves 20 Million Dollar Facebook Settlement

On August 26, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved a settlement with Facebook related to the company’s alleged misappropriation of certain Facebook members’ personal information in connection with its Sponsored Stories program.… Continue Reading

New EU Breach Regulation in Force

On August 24, 2013, a new breach notification regulation takes effect across the EU. The new regulation is intended to foster a consistent, pan-European approach to breach notification by Internet service providers, telecommunications providers and other public electronic communications service providers.… Continue Reading

North Dakota Amends Breach Notification Law to Cover Health Information

On April 19, 2013, the North Dakota legislature amended the state’s breach notification law (Section 51-30-01 of the North Dakota Century Code) to expand the definition of “personal information” to include “health insurance information” and “medical information.” Pursuant to the amended breach law, “health insurance information” is defined to mean an “individual’s health insurance policy … Continue Reading

FTC Issues Updated COPPA FAQs

On July 26, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced updates to its frequently asked questions regarding the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. The updated FAQs respond to issues that have arisen as companies seek to implement the new COPPA Rule that came into effect on July 1, 2013.… Continue Reading

Amended COPPA Rule Comes into Effect

The Federal Trade Commission’s changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule come into effect today. This post summarizes key changes affecting businesses subject to the amended Rule.… Continue Reading