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Weekly Privacy News Update – Episode 20

Masha Komnenic CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, FIP

by Masha Komnenic CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, FIP

March 13, 2022

US-EU Privacy Shield talks coming closer to a deal

The EU Commission and US Department of Commerce are close to finalizing a new data transfer mechanism to replace the invalidated EU-US Privacy Shield. US Department of Commerce Privacy Shield Director Alex Greenstein did not give a specific timeline for the deal, but said the negotiators are “trying to conclude this negotiation as quickly as possible” and that they are “sort of in the home stretch.”

Source: IAPP, Law360

Facebook braces for privacy battle in UK and EU

Facebook is hiring lobbyists and lawyers ahead of the British Online Safety Bill and the EU Digital Services act passage. Facebook’s lobbying team is led by Former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who joined Facebook in 2018 and was recently promoted to president of global affairs. The social media giant is looking to fill several positions in Europe, including a privacy policy manager to monitor and analyze privacy policy issues affecting Facebook in the UK and the EU” and to “engage and build relationships with relevant civil servants, policymakers, and NGOs.”

Source: IAPP, Politico

Utah moving closer to consumer privacy law

The Utah Senate passed Senate Bill 227, the Utah Consumer Privacy Act, with a 28-0 vote on February 25, 2022. The bill was passed in the House with amendments, which are now being considered by the Senate. Senate Bill 227 is an omnibus privacy bill that resembles the Colorado Privacy Act and the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act.

Source: IAAP, The National Law Review, Utah.gov

Yahoo Mail discontinues in China

Yahoo halted its email services in China on February 28. The company notified users on February 26 that they should find alternative email providers and download contacts and other important content. The company cited an “increasingly challenging business and legal environment in China” as the reason for stopping its operation. Yahoo! stopped its Chinese operations in November 2021, when the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) came into effect.

Source: IAPP, The Register

Masha Komnenic CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, FIP
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Written by Masha Komnenic CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, FIP

Masha is an Information Security and Data Privacy Specialist and a Certified Data Protection Officer. She has been a Data Protection Officer for the past six years, helping small and medium-sized enterprises achieve legal compliance. She has also been a privacy compliance mentor to many international business accelerators. She specializes... More about the author

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