Tag Archives: Telecommunications

UK Parliament Approves Investigatory Powers Bill

On November 16, 2016, the UK Investigatory Powers Bill was approved by the UK House of Lords. The draft of the Bill has sparked controversy, as it will hand significant and wide-ranging powers to state surveillance agencies, and has been strongly criticized by some privacy and human rights advocacy groups. … Continue Reading

UK ICO Seeks Personal Liability for Directors

On October 13, 2016, Elizabeth Denham, the UK Information Commissioner, suggested at a House of Commons Public Bill Committee meeting that directors of companies who violate data protection laws should be personally liable to pay fines.… Continue Reading

TalkTalk Appeal Against ICO Fine for Late Notification of Data Breach Dismissed by First-Tier Tribunal

On August 30, 2016, the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) (the “Tribunal”) dismissed an appeal from UK telecoms company TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC (“TalkTalk”) regarding a monetary penalty notice issued to it on February 17, 2016, by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”). The ICO had issued the monetary penalty notice to TalkTalk, for the amount … Continue Reading

Anti-Terrorism Law Enacted in China

On December 27, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China published the P.R.C. Anti-Terrorism Law. The law was enacted in response to a perceived growing threat from extremists and terrorists, particularly in regions in Western China, and came into effect on January 1, 2016.… Continue Reading

California Attorney General Announces $25 Million Settlement with Comcast

On December 15, 2015, the California Attorney General announced an approximately 25 million dollar settlement with Comcast Cable Communications, LLC stemming from allegations that Comcast disposed of electronic equipment (1) without properly deleting customer information from the equipment and (2) in landfills that are not authorized to accept electronic equipment.… Continue Reading

FCC Reaches Settlement with Cable Operator over Customer Data Breach

On November 5, 2015, the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) entered into a Consent Decree with cable operator Cox Communications to settle allegations that the company failed to properly protect customer information when the company’s electronic data systems were breached in August 2014 by a hacker. The FCC alleged that Cox failed … Continue Reading

FCC to Tackle Issue of Broadband Privacy

On November 2, 2015, Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Tom Wheeler, indicated in an interview that the agency would take on the issue of broadband privacy within the next several months, most likely in the form of a notice of proposed rulemaking. … Continue Reading

FCC Announces Intended $10 Million Fine in First Data Security Case

On October 24, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it intends to impose a $10 million fine on TerraCom, Inc. and YourTel American, Inc. for violating privacy laws relating to their customers' personal information. This announcement marks the first data security case and largest privacy action brought by the FCC to date.… Continue Reading

FTC Announces Settlement with AT&T in Mobile Cramming Case

On October 8, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced an 80 million USD settlement with AT&T Mobility, LLC stemming from allegations that the company charged its customers without their consent for services provided by third-parties, a practice known as mobile cramming.… Continue Reading

Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission Publishes Two Advisory Guidelines and Anticipates Promulgation of PDPA Regulations

On May 16, 2014, the Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission published advisory guidelines for the implementation of its Personal Data Protection Act for the telecommunications and real estate industry sectors. The guidelines were published on the same day on which the Commission held its well-attended Personal Data Protection Seminar focusing on international perspectives on data governance. … Continue Reading