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Why the FCC Expelled a Chinese Telecom for National Security Risks

After months of investigating Chinese state-owned telecommunications companies for national security risks, the Federal Communications Commission on Oct. 26 issued an order on one, China Telecom: It can no longer provide telecommunications services in the United States. The decision renders China Telecom Americas—the U.S. subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned telecom China Telecom—unable to offer telecommunications […]
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November 2021 EU Privacy, Data and Consumer Updates

In this post, Covington & Burling provides links and sources to the top privacy, data, and consumer updates in the EU from the past month. Tag News Link to Source December 1 Cybersecurity The European Parliament published a progress report on the NIS2 Directive. Link. November 30 Open Data The Council of the EU and […]
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Advocate General Greenlights GDPR Collective Claims Without a Mandate

On December 2, 2021, the Advocate General (“AG”) of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) held that consumer protection associations may bring collective claims without a mandate for violations of the GDPR relying on national consumer law provisions (see here).  The words “without a mandate” mean that the organization is not representing […]
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UK Supreme Court Rules in Google’s Favor in Data Privacy Group Litigation with Major...

In a recent article, Faegre Drinker summarizes the judgment handed down in Lloyd v Google LLC [2021] UKSC 50 by the Supreme Court on November 10, 2021. This case is  potentially one of the most significant and anticipated data privacy judgments to date. Key Takeaways A representative action may be brought for claims of breach […]
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U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Partnership with Israel to Combat Ransomware

On November 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a bilateral cybersecurity partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Finance “to protect critical financial infrastructure and emerging technologies” and combat the use of ransomware. The initiative includes the launch of a U.S.-Israeli Task Force on Fintech Innovation and Cybersecurity (the “Task Force”), which seeks to advance […]
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Council Agrees Draft Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

On November 25, 2021, the Council of the European Union reached an agreement on the draft Digital Services Act (“DSA”) (see here and here) and the Digital Markets Act (“DMA”) (see here) bringing them one step closer to adoption.  The European Parliament will discuss the drafts on December 9 and plans to announce its first […]
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EDPB Publishes Draft Guidelines on Interplay of Article 3 GDPR and the GDPR’s Cross-Border...

On November 19, 2021, the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) published its draft Guidelines 05/2021 on the Interplay between the application of Article 3 and the provisions on international transfers as per Chapter V of the GDPR (available here).  The draft guidelines are currently subject to a public consultation period that ends on January 31, […]
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U.S. Will Now Join Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace

On a visit with French president Emmanuel Macron, Vice President Harris announced that the United States will join the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, a voluntary agreement to advance cybersecurity, “preserving the open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet.” The previous administration refused to participate in the initiative, which was spearheaded by Macron […]
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China’s New Data Security and Personal Information Protection Laws: What They Mean for Multinational...

Two new Chinese laws dealing with data security and privacy came into force in the fall of 2021 that are likely to have an impact on many multinational companies operating in China or whose operations touch China. These two laws — the Data Security Law and the Personal Information Protection Law — provide more specificity […]
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Inside Privacy Audiocast: Episode 16 – China’s PIPL: What Companies Need to Know

On Episode 16 of Covington’s Inside Privacy Audiocast, Dan Cooper, Yan Luo and Zhijing Yu discuss the implications of China’s Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) for companies with data or doing business in China. The law, which entered into force on November 1, is the first comprehensive personal information protection law in China and bears a […]
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