Data protection reform bill gets push in the UK
Next year, the data protection bill is included in the UK’s legislative agenda. The details on the scope of the data reform bill were not included during the announcement. Changes brought about by the bill may affect EU-UK adequacy since the UK has often breached EU data protection standards with its national security practices. The discrepancy may trigger an exit of the European Commission.
Canadian privacy authorities agree on collaboration
A memorandum of understanding to augment collaboration on privacy issues in the privacy sector was signed by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, and the Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec. Privacy authorities can share information, consult on enforcement and policy, and promote compliance documents and public education efforts based on the agreement.
New privacy measures from Google
The tech giant recently announced new ways for users to control how their data is used in apps and search results of Google. Users can request specific information to be removed from search results by using a tool on their Google profile page. One of the latest additions is the My Ad Center interface, allowing users to customize the ads they’ll see based on their interest or opt to see less on a specific topic.
Executive order to prohibit foreign adversaries from accessing US data
A draft executive order from the Biden Administration would boost the function of the US Department of Justice in preventing foreign countries like China from accessing Americans’ personal data. Implementing the executive order would allow US Attorney General Merrick Garland to review and stop commercial transactions involving data that will likely risk national security.