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Posted in Consumer Privacy, News & Events

Maryland Attorney General Puts Privacy in the Spotlight, Establishes Internet Privacy Unit

  Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, current President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), has made “Privacy in the Digital Age” his presidential initiative for 2013. As part of the presidential initiative, NAAG will host a number of privacy-focused events throughout the year, including a three-day conference this April. On Monday, January 28th, […]

Posted in Consumer Privacy, Financial Privacy, Social Media

Bank Regulators Propose Social Media Guidance; Comments Due March 25, 2013

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has released proposed guidance on the use of social media by financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, and non-bank entities supervised by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  The proposed “Social Media:  Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance” (“Proposed Guidance”) defines “social media” broadly to including micro-blogging sites (like Google […]

Posted in Consumer Privacy

An Enhancement of Privacy Rights in Australia

The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act (the “Reform Act“) was passed by the Australian Parliament in November 2012. The Reform Act marks the culmination of a lengthy amendment process which began in 2006 with a comprehensive review of the Privacy Act 1988 (the “Privacy Act“) and related laws by the Australian Law Reform Commission […]

Posted in Consumer Privacy, International/EU Privacy, News & Events

Hogan Lovells Privacy Leader Convenes EU Privacy Officials for Lively Discussion of Proposed Regulation

 Hogan Lovells Privacy Leader Christopher Wolf, founder and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), a Washington, DC-based think tank dedicated to advancing personal privacy, convened a “Who’s Who” of governmental privacy officials at an FPF session in Brussels on 23 January to discuss the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation.  Chis led the session with FPF Senior Fellow […]

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California Attorney General Releases Mobile App Guidance

James Denvil, an associate in our Washington office, contributed to this entry. California Attorney General Kamala Harris is starting 2013 right where she left off in 2012: focusing on mobile device application (“app”) privacy.  On January 10, the Attorney General’s Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit released Privacy on the Go: Recommendations for the Mobile Ecosystem.  […]

Posted in Consumer Privacy, International/EU Privacy

Surrender! German Court Strengthens the Position of Data Principals in Insolvency Proceedings

In a recent decision, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf held that data controllers may claim immediate surrender of customer data in the insolvency of marketing agencies and IT service providers in Germany under section 47 of the German Insolvency Statute (decision of 27 September 2012, file number: I-6 241/11; for a German text version of […]

Posted in Consumer Privacy, Cybersecurity & Data Breaches, International/EU Privacy

China: The Strengthening of Online Private Information Protection

With a population reaching billions, it is not a surprise that the number of internet users in China is drastically increasing.  Such influx of Chinese “netizens” brings with it the importance for protection of online private information.  As a result, in the last days of the 2012 calendar year, the Standing Committee of the National […]

Posted in Consumer Privacy, Employment Privacy

Michigan Becomes Latest State to Enact Social Media Privacy Law

Last week, Michigan enacted a social media privacy law that prohibits employers and educational institutions from requesting access to the personal social media or other internet-based accounts of employees or students.  The new law, known as the Internet Privacy Protection Act, provides that employers or educational institutions (ranging from elementary schools through institutions of higher learning) may not […]