EU Releases Draft Decision on UK Data Privacy Standards

Since the start of 2021, post-Brexit data relationships between the European Union and the United Kingdom have been governed by The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which established a 4-6 month temporary period where data could flow freely between the two jurisdictions.  Beyond that, the future was unclear. The grace period could have been extended…
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Minnesota Proposes its Own Version of CCPA

Ever since the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) set the tone for state-level privacy laws, more and more states have followed suit. At the start of the year, Minnesota proposed its own data privacy bill–and yes, it’s heavily influenced by CCPA. The bill, known as HF-36,has been sent for referral to the Committee on Commerce,…
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Virginia Set to Enact Major Data Privacy Legislation

Of all the states currently in the process of enacting major privacy legislation, Virginia may be closest to the finish line. On February 5, the Senate of Virginia voted unanimously to approve the Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA), with the House of Delegates voting 89-9 to approve an identical bill.  Minor amendments are expected after the…
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A Guide to New Draft SCCs–and the EDPB’s Response

Ever since the EU-US Privacy Shield was struck down in Schrems 2.o, companies have been scrambling to figure out how to safely transfer data in and out of the EU while remaining compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). At this point, the general consensus is that transfers from the EU should only be…
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Why Your Organization Should Implement “Privacy by Design”

 Privacy by Design (PBD) the idea that organizations should design every part of their operation with data privacy in mind was popularized by the European Union’s General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR). Any products or services that call for the processing of personal data should account for privacy from their inception and every stage of development…
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A Guide to The New Brexit Trade Agreement

The long-awaited Brexit agreement is here. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which details the conditions of the UK’s relationship with the EU, took provisional effect on January 1, 2021. The agreement’s free trade and security frameworks have many data privacy implications--here’s what you need to know. Not Many Changes…For Now  When Brexit was voted…
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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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2021 Forecast for Data Privacy Legislation

2020 was a massive year for data privacy. New laws became effective all around the world and, in turn, organizations were forced to amp up their data privacy measures to comply. Data privacy regulations are only getting stricter, and that won’t change any time soon. There is no reason to expect 2021 to be any…
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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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