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Second privacy Bill in US Congress

Like buses, prospective US privacy legislation seems to come along in pairs. Queuing behind the Boucher-Stearns Bill (reported here in May) Congress now has the Best Practices Act which also seeks to enhance consumer protection (particularly online) and to allow consumers the right of legal redress for poor data practices. Both were discussed this month but pundits suggest that neither will make it to law in this session. Which is not to say that the appetite for the legislation will go away…..

Mexico and the Ukraine join the Data Protection Club

New legislation in two very different countries shows the reach of data protection legislation across the world. Both the Ukraine and Mexico have recently passed new data protection legislation. US marketers are more excited by their near neighbour’s extension of regulations to the private sector – previously only public sector was caught by the rules.

Happy Birthday Safe Harbor?

It is 10 years since the European Commission recognised the US “Safe Harbor” principles which have allowed personal data to flow freely to companies who have signed up; but criticism of the scheme is building and the beleaguered US Federal Trade Commission is having to defend its record of policing data processing stateside. Sadly, the alternatives for international data transfer are onerous for the average data controller so we may not want to blow out the safe harbor candles just yet.

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