May 312017
 May 31, 2017  Posted by  Non-U.S.

In May 26, 2017, the Belgian Privacy Commission (the “Belgian DPA”) published its Annual Activity Report for 2016 (the “Annual Report”) highlighting its main accomplishments from the past year.

In 2016, the Belgian DPA focused on the following topics:

  • EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The GDPR was enacted in May 2016 and will come into force in May 2018. The Belgian DPA initiated a number of projects to help companies and public organizations prepare for the GDPR. Such projects include, inter alia, the publication of a 13-Step Plan, a thematic dossier and FAQs on its website, as well as guidelines and recommendations that contribute to the interpretation of the GDPR.

Read more on Hunton & Williams Privacy & Information Security Law Blog.

May 312017
 May 31, 2017  Posted by  Court

David Lee reports:

The widow of a Dallas police officer killed in an ambush at a peaceful protest against police brutality last year sued the city on Tuesday to block the release of video of his final moments and prevent “grave harm” to her children.

Katrina Ahrens sued Dallas and Dallas County in Federal Court on privacy and constitutional claims. Her husband, Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, was among the five police officers killed on July 7 when a gunman opened fire near El Centro College on the west side of downtown Dallas. Nine other officers and two civilians were injured.

Read more on Courthouse News.

May 312017
 May 31, 2017  Posted by  Laws

Rebecca Yergin writes:

On May 16, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law H.B. 1493—Washington’s first statute governing how individuals and non-government entities collect, use, and retain “biometric identifiers,” as defined in the statute.  The law prohibits any “person” from “enroll[ing] a biometric identifier in a database for a commercial purpose, without first providing notice, obtaining consent, or providing a mechanism to prevent the subsequent use of a biometric identifier for a commercial purpose.”  It also places restrictions on the sale, lease, and other disclosure of enrolled biometric identifiers.  With the new law, Washington has become only the third state after Illinois and Texas to enact legislation that regulates business activities related to biometric information.  Although the three laws seek to provide similar consumer protections around the collection, use, and retention of biometric data, the Washington law defines the content and activity it regulates in different terms, and, similar to Texas, but unlike Illinois, the Washington law does not provide a private right of action.

Read more on Covington & Burling Inside Privacy.

May 312017
 May 31, 2017  Posted by  Misc

It’s that time of the year….. and my favorite privacy law conference, the Privacy Law Scholars Conference, is being hosted in Berkeley this year.

Every year, Dan Solove, Chris Hoofnagle, and their wonderful students put together a great event. This year, there will be almost 300 attendees. Although the organizers try to keep the number of attendees down to keep it all manageable, people beg for invitations. It’s just that good an event!

Because of the rules, I will not be allowed to really blog about what is said by whom in the workshops, but in general, what’s happening is that contributors have submitted drafts of papers for law review journals or books, and attendees read these papers before the workshops and use the workshops to provide the author with feedback. The discussions on topics are often lively as well as thoughtful.  There are no formal presentations at PLSC. Everyone comes prepared to discuss the papers selected for the program.

If the papers or drafts are already up on SSRN, I will try to link to some of them over the next few days.

In addition to the workshop sessions, there’s also lots of free time to encourage networking and the kinds of small chats and conversations that are so wonderful.

As a reminder to attendees and for the benefit of new attendees: I believe I did establish a firm rule in 2008 or so that NO ONE may block the path between me and the coffee, ever.  Just a reminder…

So I’m heading out to the airport in a bit…. and posting here may be a bit light for the next days.

If you’re at PLSC, come find me to say “hi.” And yes, I’m registered as “Dissent Doe.”