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McMillan LLP joins PrivacyRules

McMillan LLP from Canada just joined PrivacyRules becoming the 40th founding member of the alliance. McMillan provides services in all major business sectors with a deep understanding of their relationship with privacy and data protection laws. McMillan guarantees highly privacy and cybersecurity advice thanks to its specialised teams that can guide clients through data breach situations, provide cyber risks mitigation and assist on privacy and data protection compliance.

Find out more about McMillan LLP here
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Pressure of business

The Danish Data Protection Authority reports that they have experienced a huge wave of interest in data protection matters in the run up to the commencement of GDPR and an unprecedented number of enquiries. In the month after the commencement of GDPR the Authority received 1367 new cases and 331 of these were notifications of a data breach, whereas in the same period last year only 365 new cases were received.

For more information on this or any other data protection issue in Denmark, please contact Ruth Caddock Hansen
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Joint controller with Facebook?

On 5 June 2018 the Court of Justice of the EU provided judgment in Case C-201/16 Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig-Holstein. The judgment found that the administrator of a Facebook fan page, which in this case was an educational institution, was a joint data controller with Facebook. The Danish Data Protection Agency has now published its interpretation of that judgment and sets out its evaluation of what the judgment means in a Danish context for administrators of Facebook pages.

For more information on this or any other data protection issue in Denmark, please contact Ruth Caddock Hansen
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Indian data protection bill about to be approved

Indian personal data protection bill might soon be a reality to be implemented across the country after former Supreme Court Justice B.N. Srikrishna and has presented the related draft now under review by Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. If approved, the bill will cover processing of personal data by private entities as well as data processed by the government. Moreover, it would create a data protection authority and provide norms for cross-border transfer of personal data.  The committee also presented a report on the bill entitled "A Free and Fair Digital Economy: Protecting Privacy, Empowering Indians”. 

Further information is available at the Indian Government website here
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White House data protection proposals

The Washington Post reports that the White House is working on a proposal for federal privacy rules. The U.S. Department of Commerce has met with companies such as Facebook, Google, AT&T and Comcast in order to identify general principles for entities that handle consumers’ private information. These principles would serve as guidance to create the first federal privacy law in the US. In the meantime, US Representative Hank Johnson announced that he will present two bills on digital privacy. The first one entitled Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2018 y focuses on data privacy on mobile devices and would require app developers to “uphold their privacy policies, get consent from consumers before collecting their data and store that data securely”. The second one, the Data Act of 2018, would “offer consumers more control over their personal data and provides them with the means to stop its collection or correct information that has already been collected". Johnson is not the first and only lawmaker trying to strengthen privacy of US citizens. US Senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal introduced the Consent Act back in April 2018 and Senators Amy Klobuchar and John Kennedy presented the Social Media Privacy and Consumer Rights Act of 2018.

Representative Hank Johnson’s press release available here:
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