FTC to Host Digital Dark Patterns Workshop in April

The Federal Trade Commission announced that it will hold a workshop on digital dark patterns on April 29, 2021. The workshop will aim to understand the ways in which user interfaces can have the effect, intentionally or unintentionally, of obscuring, subverting or impairing consumer autonomy, decision-making or choice. Continue Reading

NY Department of Financial Services Issues Cyber Fraud Alert to Regulated Entities Using Instant Quote Websites

The New York Department of Financial Services has issued a Cyber Fraud Alert to regulated entities in light of a growing campaign to steal Nonpublic Information, as defined under New York law, from public-facing websites that provide instant quotes for products like auto insurance. Continue Reading

EDPS Publishes Opinion on Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

On February 10, 2021, the European Data Protection Supervisor published two opinions on the European Commission’s proposals for a Digital Services Act and a Digital Markets Act. The two proposals are part of a set of measures announced in the 2020 European Strategy for Data and have two main goals: (1) creating a safer digital space in which the fundamental rights of all users of digital services are protected, and (2) establishing a level playing field to foster innovation, growth and competitiveness in the European Single Market and globally. Continue Reading

EU Member States Agree on Council’s Text for the ePrivacy Regulation

On February 10, 2021, representatives of the EU Member States reached an agreement on the Council of the European Union’s negotiating mandate for the draft ePrivacy Regulation, which will replace the current ePrivacy Directive. The text approved by the EU Member States was prepared under Portugal’s Presidency and will form the basis of the Council’s negotiations with the European Parliament on the final terms of the ePrivacy Regulation. Continue Reading

CNIL Calls Organizations to Audit their Sites and Apps for Cookie Compliance

On February 4, 2021, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it sent letters and emails to approximately 300 organizations, both private and public, to remind them of the new cookie law rules and the need to audit their sites and apps to comply with those rules by March 31, 2021. Continue Reading

CNIL Fines a Data Controller and Its Processor 225,000 Euros for Security Violation in Connection with Credential Stuffing

On January 27, 2021, the French Data Protection Authority announced that it imposed a fine of 150,000 Euros on a data controller, and a fine of 75,000 Euros on its data processor, for failure to implement adequate security measures to protect customers’ personal data against credential stuffing attacks on the website of the data controller. The CNIL decided not to make its decisions public, thereby not disclosing the name of the companies sanctioned. Continue Reading

Advocate General Issues Opinion on GDPR’s One-Stop-Shop

On January 13, 2021, Advocate General Michal Bobek of the Court of Justice of the European Union issued his Opinion in the Case C-645/19 of Facebook Ireland Limited, Facebook Inc., Facebook Belgium BVBA v. the Belgian Data Protection Authority. Continue Reading

FTC Issues Call for Presentations for PrivacyCon 2021

The Federal Trade Commission issued a call for presentations on consumer privacy and data security research for its sixth annual PrivacyCon, which is to be held on July 27, 2021. The call for presentations asks for empirical research and demonstrations, including economic analyses, with implications for privacy and data security policy and law. Continue Reading

Hunton Privacy Team Contributes to 2021 Getting the Deal Through Guide on Data Protection and Privacy

Lexology’s Getting the Deal Through releases its 2021 guide on Data Protection and Privacy. Hunton’s privacy and cybersecurity team members serve as contributing editors of the guide and have authored multiple chapters, including on Belgium, the UK and United States. This blog entry provides a link to download the guide. Continue Reading