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Written by: Brett Lawrence, Esq. Last December, we discussed India's proposed Personal Data Protection Bill and the implications of its data localization requirement. It appears Turkey has now promulgated a similar requirement. Overview On July 29, 2020, Turkey's legislature, the Turkish Grand National Assembly, approved the passing of Law No. 5651, an amendment to the country's "Regulation of Internet Broadcasts and Prevention of Crimes Committed through Such Broadcasts." On October 1, 2020,

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. A lawsuit has been filed with a court in the Netherlands challenging Uber's alleged practice of using automated systems to identify fraudulent activity and terminate drivers based on that process, also known as "Robo-Firing". This practice, which Uber denies, would potentially violate Article 22 of the GDPR.  Article 22 protects data subjects against being "subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling,

Written by: Charles R. Langhorne IV, Esq. Recently three plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that Amazon violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act ("BIPA"), by collecting and storing "voiceprints" without the users’ consent. Voiceprints Amazon has a software product called Amazon Connect that companies use to run call-centers. One company with whom Amazon has partnered Pindrop Security. Pindrop Security has the capability to create a "voiceprint," which is essentially a fingerprint based

Written by: Rich Sheinis, Esq. and Brett Lawrence, Esq. The votes are in and California's citizens have spoken, the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”) is now law. Known as CCPA 2.0, CPRA increases the privacy obligations of businesses already subject to the requirements of California’s 2018 California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). Though not nearly discussed as much outside of the data privacy industry, CPRA has profound implications for companies

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has introduced yet another national privacy legislation bill, known as The SAFE DATA Act.  The full name of the bill is the "Setting an American Framework to Ensure Data Access, Transparency, and Accountability Act."  (As usual, I think legislators select an acronym they like, and then think of a name for the Act that will support the acronym.)  The SAFE

Written by: Charles R. Langhorne IV, Esq. In August 2020, the Irish Data Protection Commission (the "DPC") issued a preliminary order to Facebook requiring Facebook to suspend data transfers to the U.S. that involve personal data of EU residents. This is the DPC’s first action to enforce the Schrems II ruling issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU"). Schrems II Decision The Schrems II decision issued in

Written by: Charles R. Langhorne IV, Esq. On October 1, 2020, the Data Protection Authority of Hamburg ("DPA"), announced a fine of €35.3 million ($41.3 million) against multinational retail company H&M. The fine is based on excessive monitoring of H&M employees in Germany in violation of GDPR. This is the second-largest fine a single company has faced for a GDPR violation. The violations stem from H&M’s recording of private details

Written by Brett Lawrence, Esq.  Although the upcoming presidential election is currently dominating the political and media discourse, in the data privacy and security world, California's 2020 ballot has been the recipient of much discussion. This is because the California Privacy Rights Act ("CPRA") is on this year's November ballot and can be potentially voted into law by its citizens. The CPRA seeks to substantially modify California's recent 2018

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. German authorities are investigating the death of a patient following a ransomware attack on a hospital in Germany.  The unknown perpetrators potentially face charges of negligent manslaughter.  Last Friday, a patient in need of urgent medical care was re-routed from the Düsseldorf University Hospital, to a hospital more than 30 kilometers  away.  The Düsseldorf University Hospital was dealing with a ransomware attack and was

Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. Many of you are probably asking what is the "Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2)", before worrying about being ready for it!  PSD2 is a Directive from the European Parliament (Directive (EU) 2015/2366) intended to modernize Europe's payment services for the benefit of consumers and business, and to facilitate innovation, competition, and efficiency in the EU online payments market.  While many elements of he PSD2 are