Digital Services Act Approved
The European Parliament voted to pass the Digital Services Act on January 20, 2022, with 530 votes to 78. The Parliament will need to negotiate with the European Commission and the Council of the European Union before final passage. The version passed by the Parliament has provisions for “more transparent and informed choice” on targeted advertising that covers clear opt-outs and variants of online platforms with no trackers. Originally the draft had a total ban on targeted ads for minors.
Bills Examined for CDPA Amendments
Seven bills will be examined by Virginia lawmakers to amend the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA) before its implementation on January 1, 2023. The proposed bills aim to amend the right to delete, nonprofit definition, and enforcement provisions under the CDPA. The CDPA Work Group also identified other issues for amendments. It is uncertain if the other amendments will be discussed as the Virginia legislature will close on March 12, 2022.
GDPR Fines Surged up to $1.25 billion, Based on Law Firm’s Research
According to research done by law firm DLA Piper, EU Data Protection Authorities have issued a total of $1.25 billion worth of fines for violating the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) since January 28, 2021. In 2020 the total was $180 million. Data breach notifications from firms to regulators increased by 8% year over year. Implemented in 2018, the GDPR has made significant changes in the EU’s data rules giving European consumers more control over their data.
Privacy Bills Proposed in Vermont and Mississippi
Senate Bill 2330, also known as the Mississippi Consumer Data Privacy Act, was proposed by State Sen. Angela Turner-Ford (D-Miss.). The privacy bill introduces data subject rights, a “do not sell” provision, a private right of action, and attorney general enforcement. The bill is with the Senate Judiciary Committee for further consideration. Two comprehensive privacy bills from the Vermont General Assembly were proposed in the House of Representatives. First is House Bill 160, which was carried over from the 2021 legislative session. The second bill, H.570 was introduced at the start of the current session. The bills are held now by the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development.