Global Data & Privacy Update - 23 April 2015

Author:Ms Margaret Tofalides
Profession:Clyde & Co

Twitter accounts outside of US now subject to EU data protection rules

Twitter's revision to its privacy policy on 18 April 2015 will see account information for users outside of the US handled in Dublin and subject to Irish privacy and data protection law. This poses a challenge for the Irish Data Protection Commissioner whose office has responsibility for some of the world's biggest technology companies, recognised by the doubling of its budget this year. Twitter's US users' account information remains under U.S. law, handled by Twitter's head office in San Francisco.

US lawmakers consider new bipartisan cyber bills

In the wake of several high profile data breaches involving some of the US's major companies, the US is considering two new pieces of legislation promoting cyber security with the The Data Breach Notification and Punishing Cyber Criminals Act is before the House this week. It emphasises the US' commitment to tackling cyber crime by introducing tougher punishments for hacking and requires companies to notify customers within 30 days of discovery of a breach. The Senate is due to consider the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Credit Act in the coming weeks, a measure that would introduce tax credits for companies who share cyber threat information.

Civil rights groups express growing concern for EU data protection reforms

More than 60 civil rights groups from across the globe have contributed to an email to the European Commission sent this week by civil rights group EDRi voicing their concerns around privacy rights. This comes in the wake of the impending EU data protection changes. At the forefront is the proposal that companies could collect individual's data on a "legitimate interest" exception without acquiring consent. The EC responded noting concerns ahead of the June deadline for agreeing the reform proposal, but the impact remains to be seen.

Ad blocking site wins case against German publishers

In a case heard in the German courts this week, Eyeo, the company behind advert blocking software 'AdBlock Plus' has defeated a legal challenge from two online news publishers claiming that the software was anti-competitive and infringed press freedom. The...

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