Going Global Data Privacy & Protection Insights – Monthly Newsletter April 2020



Are Countries Willing To Bend The Privacy Rules To Track COVID-19
Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq.

Many countries are using geolocation data from phones to track COVID-19. Singapore, the United Kingdom and Israel have developed their own apps for tracking people’s movements. In Europe, mobile phone companies such as Vodafone, have agreed to share location data. Read more

New York’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Act Is Here
Written by: Charles R. Langhorne IV, Esq.

The COVID-19 world that we are living in is has changed the perspective of many businesses from proactive to reactive. Businesses (rightly so) are concerned with making payroll so that their employees can continue to pay their mortgages as opposed to preparing the company for impending data privacy laws. Nevertheless, the world moves on. Read more

Security Advice For Zoom Videoconferencing
Written by: Sean Cox, Esq.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread shelter in place orders have, temporarily at least, changed how humans interact. Luckily, there are more options today than ever before which allow many to maintain a modicum of normalcy. Companies, schools, churches, families, and friends have turned to videoconferencing solutions to stay in touch in these difficult times. One application, Zoom, has seen astronomical increase in popularity. Read more

HHS Releases Bulletin Waiving Certain Provisions Of HIPAA
Written by: Chase Langhorne, Esq.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released a bulletin this week waiving sanctions and penalties as of March 15, 2020 for non-compliance with certain provisions of HIPAA. Read more

California Attorney General Fiddles While Rome Burns
Written by: Richard Sheinis, Esq. 

On March 17 a coalition of 35 advertising groups sent California Attorney General Xavier Becerra a letter calling for a delay in the enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) because of COVID-19. Enforcement of the CCPA is currently scheduled to begin July 1. The Attorney General’s office refused the call for a delay, stating, “Right now, we’re committed to enforcing the law upon finalizing the rules or July 1, whichever comes first. Read more



Data Breaches

Cyber-Attack Hits U.S. Health Agency Amid Covid-19 Outbreak

Carnival Conveniently Owns Up to Data Breach While Nobody’s Taking Cruises

Guitar Tuition Website Suffers Six-Month Data Breach
Infosecurity Magazine

Five billion records exposed in open ‘data breach database’
SC Magazine UK

Marriott International Notifies Guests of Property System Incident
news.marriott.com (press release)

Key Ring data leak exposes millions of user details, say researchers

Fines and Settlements

Google Fined $8m by Swedish Authority for GDPR Failure
Bloomberg Law

Google’s Right-to-Be-Forgotten Fine Toppled by French Court
BNN Bloomberg

FTC Gives Final Approval to Settlement with Stalking Apps Developer
FTC.gov (press release)

#Privacy: Croatian DPA issues credit institution 20m GDPR fine

Canadian Maker of Smart Locks Settles FTC Allegations That it Deceived Consumers about its Security Practices
FTC.gov (press release)

City settles with Equifax for $1.5M over data breach
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

United States

Tech Industry Groups Ask California to Delay Enforcement of Data Privacy Law Until 2021

COVID-19 and CCPA: No Delay in Enforcement
JD Supra

Zoom hit with class-action lawsuit for sharing user data with Facebook

COPPA Guidance for Ed Tech Companies and Schools during the Coronavirus


Ireland, Luxembourg Add Guidance On COVID-19 And GDPR
JD Supra

In Times Of Pandemic, GDPR Still Applies, EU Warns

Norway Offers COVID-19 Data Privacy Guidance Related To Work, Health, E-learning
JD Supra

Catalan DPA Issues Guidelines For COVID-19 Health Data Sharing Under GDPR
JD Supra

Zoom Removes Its Facebook Data Sharing on iOS amid Possible GDPR Violations

South Africa’s new data privacy laws – Update

Brazilian Senate postpones its national data protection law

Hong Kong Privacy Regulator Responds to Personal Data Privacy Issues Arising From COVID-19
JD Supra

Data protection and coronavirus: what you need to know