2020 News in Review

Week Ending December 28  ICO Warns SolarWinds Victims to Report Breaches  The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a warning to organizations compromised by the SolarWinds breach. The breach, which was carried out by Russian hackers, affected more than 18000 organizations worldwide. ICO requires UK data controllers subject to NIS regulations to report…
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ADCG Launches Data Privacy Law Comparison Tool

In 2018, the European Union launched its landmark data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). What followed can only be described as a wave of data privacy laws that swept the globe. Legislators from California to Brazil, to New Zealand have passed some form of data privacy law with the potential to impact…
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Does Your Organization Need A Chief Privacy Officer

Does Your Organization Need a Chief Privacy Officer?

As the presence of global data privacy legislation continues to rise, so does the importance of privacy-related positions. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mandates that companies hire a Data Protection Officer, and related roles like Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) have also become more valued. One of the most concrete action items a…
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New Zealand’s Data Privacy Law Now Effective

On December 1, New Zealand’s new data privacy law took effect.  The Privacy Act 2020 impacts every organization with a physical or virtual presence in New Zealand. Any offshore organization that collects data from New Zealanders must comply.  This marks the suspension of 1993’s Privacy Act and puts the pressure on organizations to handle data…
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Why Data Trusts Are a Win-Win for Companies and Consumers

Data is imperative to many crucial business processes, like marketing, product development, fraud protection, and AI. But complying with proliferating and conflicting data privacy regulations is far from easy. And asking consumers to be responsible for making decisions about their own data privacy isn’t a solid solution.  One AI expert has proposed a solution: data…
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Privacy Shield

A New Framework for a Post-Privacy Shield Era

Since the Schrems 2.0 case ended the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement, the companies that relied on the framework to transfer data between Europe and the U.S. have been left wondering what to do next. Can companies still rely on Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) for data transfers? If not, what alternatives do they have? The European…
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COMPLIANCE FRAMEWORK

Why Your Organization Needs a Compliance Framework

With every new piece of data privacy legislation, more and more companies are scrambling to prioritize their customers’ privacy.  That means making sure the entire organization is on the same page when it comes to cybersecurity. One way to do that is by implementing a compliance framework–a standardized set of best practices that help an organization…
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Third Party Risk Management

How to Manage Third-Party Risk With Increased Number of Remote Workers

Any compliance officer knows the importance of third-party risk management (TPRM)–and that keeping vendors in compliance with data privacy and protection laws is a continuous process. But, since the Covid-19 pandemic has forced most businesses to work remotely, overseeing vendor compliance has become much more difficult due to lack of a centralized operation. That’s in…
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