The West vs. the East: Data Privacy and the Different Approaches to COVID-19 Apps (Part II – Netherlands and Comparative Analysis)

Posted on April 1, 2021 Authored by Sahel Bahman* Further to part one of our article on the impact of data protection laws on public health applications for COVID-19, this article aims to examine the development of COVID-19 apps in the West (i.e., the Netherlands, in this case) in the context of relevant privacy laws […]

News Corner: Data Protection Investigation Launched Into ‘Clubhouse’ App

Clubhouse is an invite-only app for social networking based on audio-chat. It allows those within the app to listen in on various conversations, discussion and interviews. On 17 March 2021, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (“CNIL”) (the French regulatory body for data protection) announced that it opened an investigation into the app […]

The West vs. the East: Data Privacy and the Different Approaches to COVID-19 Apps (Part I – South Korea)

Posted on March 25, 2021 Authored by Sahel Bahman* Introduction The ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and its spread between and within countries, has revealed a potential for the use of modern privacy laws in public health policy. For countries and health systems alike, the most effective way to understand the severity and prevalence of COVID-19 would […]

Facial Recognition Technology & Data Protection: Analysis of the Council of Europe’s New Guidelines

Posted on February 18, 2021 Authored by Melita Tessy* Introduction On 28 January 2021, the Council of Europe published the Guidelines for Facial Recognition (“Guidelines”) in consultation with the ‘Consultative Committee Of The Convention For The Protection Of Individuals With Regard To Automatic Processing Of Personal Data’ (“Consultative Committee”). These Guidelines were issued further to […]

Data Localization Versus Free Flow of Cross Border Data Transfers in India

Posted on January 7, 2021 Co-authored by Tanya Varshney and Varun Anand* Introduction In simple terms, ‘data localization’ means storage of data within the local limits of the jurisdiction of the data subject. With the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, people are using online services across the world and connecting with others in many […]

News Corner: Belgian Data Protection Authority and DNS Belgium To Take Down Websites Violating GDPR

Alleged data protection violation? Your “.be” domain name could be taken down!  The Belgian Data Protection Authority (the “Belgian DPA”) published on 30 November 2020 a Cooperation Agreement with DNS Belgium, the organization managing the “.be” country code top-level domain name. This Agreement allows DNS Belgium to make unavailable “.be” websites that violate the General […]

News Corner: FTC Settles With Zoom Over Privacy and Security Issues

On 9th November, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) of the United States announced a settlement with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (“Zoom”), requiring the company to implement a comprehensive information security program to resolve the alleged deceptive and unfair practices undermining the security of its users, that were in violation of Section 5(a) of the Federal […]

News Corner: Italy’s Data Protection Authority Fines Vodafone €12.2M for Unlawful Telemarketing Activities Violating GDPR

On 16th November, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali) announced its decision to impose a fine of €12.2M on Vodafone Italia SpA (“Vodafone”) on account of unlawful processing of personal user data for its telemarketing activities. The Authority concluded the investigation, which originated from the receipt of hundreds of […]