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Upcoming Webinar: The Future of US Privacy Laws

Join us for a look at what’s new for 2024, CCPA consumer rights insights, and help operationalising privacy on 12 March 2024, 9-10am PST

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Navigating the Timeline of the EU Artificial Intelligence Act

The European Union reached a significant milestone in controlling artificial intelligence when the Parliament, Commission, and Council came to a political agreement on the EU Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) on December 8, 2023. This critical agreement, followed by unanimous approval from EU member states, opens the way for the world’s first comprehensive AI regulation. The AI Act’s staged implementation timeline seeks to guarantee effective AI governance while encouraging innovation and public trust.

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CCPA: Managing Consumer Rights - CPRA regulations now enforceable

Those organizations rushing before 1 July 2023 to put compliance measures in place in time for the original enforcement date of the California Privacy Rights Act regulations (CPRA regulations) will have taken comfort in the last-minute decision by Sacramento County Superior Court last June to push enforcement back to 29 March 2024. However, the decision last week by the California Third District Court of Appeals means that the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) can immediately begin to enforce the CPRA regulations, which include detailed rules on consumer privacy rights request handling, opt-out mechanisms for sale/sharing of data and the mandatory recognition of opt-out signals. From now on, we can expect to see a step up in enforcement activity and an increase in sanctions.

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Women called Charlotte in a pantsuit.

Andreas Maetzler, Charlotte Mason

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Ready for the new Swiss Data Protection Law? Implications for organizations outside Switzerland

The revised Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection (RevFADP), which takes effect from September 1, 2023, brings Switzerland’s data protection regime in line with the GDPR and has significant implications for organizations outside Switzerland. The territorial scope of the RevFADP is broader than the GDPR, applying to activities with an impact in Switzerland even if initiated from abroad. Non-Swiss companies targeting goods or services to Swiss individuals or storing data on Swiss servers must comply. Additionally, organizations caught by the RevFADP’s scope must appoint a representative in Switzerland to serve as their local point of contact for Swiss data subjects and the Swiss supervisory authority (FDPIC). Senior managers and those responsible for an organization’s data protection tasks should take note of the new criminal sanctions of fines up to CHF 250,000 for individuals that have wilfully breached the RevFADP.

Women called Charlotte in a pantsuit.
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Charlotte Mason, Andreas Maetzler

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EU Commission adopts its adequacy decision for the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework

The European Commission’s recent adoption of the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework (EU-U.S. DPF) is a turning point in transatlantic data transfers. Effective 10 July 2023, this framework replaces the invalidated Privacy Shield Framework, once again allowing transfers from the EU to certified U.S. organisations without the need for additional transfer tools. However, with its complex backstory and potential for future challenges, the EU-U.S. DPF promises a fascinating journey ahead in the realm of data privacy. This blog post provides a concise yet comprehensive overview of the DPF and its practical implications.

Women called Charlotte in a pantsuit.

Charlotte Mason

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Private or public, does it matter?

Data protection is becoming increasingly complex in the education sector. New laws entering into force and additional guidelines make it difficult to keep up with the constant changes. An additional layer of complexity comes with the range of organisations funded in differing ways, from private companies to charitable organisations and publicly funded institutions. Learn more about the extraterritorial scope of privacy laws and the need for education providers to appoint a representative.

Andreas
Women called Charlotte in a pantsuit.

Andreas Maetzler, Charlotte Mason