Singapore is planning key updates to its data privacy law, bringing the country more closely in line with the EU, Australia, and other regions that have strictly regulated the use and sharing of online personal information. Multinationals doing business with the island nation should review their procedures for collecting and processing personal data to ensure they are in compliance before the changes become law.
Many European countries are turning to contact-tracing apps to reduce coronavirus transmission, but the apps have raised data-privacy concerns. Governments are moving ahead with the technology, struggling to achieve a balance between public safety and citizen privacy.
The UK Supreme Court ruled that a supermarket chain was not liable for a data breach caused by a disgruntled employee. The ruling is narrow, however, and employers must consider a number of factors in its wake.
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect 1 January 2020. The Act will affect many if not most U.S. businesses and many companies worldwide. It takes a strict view of what constitutes private data and provides for a variety of penalties, some of them severe.
Germany’s first GDPR fine underscores the willingness of authorities to enforce the law, but its relatively low amount may also indicate leniency for companies that take swift corrective action.