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Dr. Donald F. Harris
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European Parliament Calls for Suspension of Privacy Shield
On July 4, the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution advanced by its LIBE Committee urging the European Commission to suspend the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework if the U.S. government does not fully comply with its obligations under the agree...
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Vietnam Adopts Restrictive Cybersecurity Law
On June 12, the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications announced that the National Assembly had approved, by an overwhelming majority, a cybersecurity law designed to protect national security.  Amongst its provisions are requirements for com...
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Council of Europe Updates Convention 108
On May 18, following a process lasting seven years, the Council of
Europe formally updated its Convention
for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of
Personal Data (Convention 108) via an amending Protocol, and issued an
explana...
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Complaints Under the GDPR Begin to Mount
Within hours of the General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect, Max Schrems and his non-profit advocacy group, None of Your Business , filed four complaints - one against Facebook, another two against its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp, and ...
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LIBE Calls for Suspension of Privacy Shield
On June 11, the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted, by 29 to 25, to ask the European Commission to suspend the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework unless the U.S. government meets its obligations under the f...
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Monitoring Brainwaves of Employees Growing in China
According to a report in the South China Morning Post , use of brain-reading technology to detect changes in the emotional states of employees is increasingly common in Chinese factories, public transport, state-owned companies and the military.  Wireless s...
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General Data Protection Regulation Arrives, Ready or Not
On May 25, after advance notice that gave companies two years to bring their practices and policies into compliance, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation came into effect.  From all reports, the majority of US firms still have a lot of work to carry ...
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Support for Privacy Shield Waning in the EU
During the week prior to the General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect two of the top EU officials responsible for data protection matters expressed their declining acceptance of the Privacy Shield framework as a viable mechanism for cross-borde...
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Supreme Court Drops Microsoft - Ireland Case
On April 17, the US Supreme Court dismissed the Microsoft - Ireland case on the grounds that Congressional enactment of the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act in March rendered the case moot.  Microsoft had objected to complying with a searc...
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Both Privacy Shield and SCCs on the Block in Schrems Facebook Case
On April 12, the Irish High Court set forth eleven questions it intends to put to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) stemming from the complaint against Facebook lodged by Max Schrems with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner in 2013.  A se...
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