This Week in Privacy: 20 September 2021
September 20, 2021
USA: House Energy Committee approves $1B to create new privacy bureau at FTC
The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved a $1 billion fund to the FTC.
The fund is to enable the FTC to set up a privacy bureau dedicated to improving data security and privacy and fighting identity theft.
The initiative follows news regarding President Biden's intention to nominate Alvaro Bedoya as a Commissioner of the FTC. FTC Chairwoman, Lina Khan congratulated Bedoya on his nomination, noting that: "Alvaro's expertise on surveillance and data security and his longstanding commitment to public service would be enormously valuable to the Commission as we work to meet this moment of tremendous need and opportunity."
Saudi Arabia: Council of Ministers approves new data protection law
The Saudi Arabian Data & AI Authority announced that the Personal Data Protection Law had been approved by the Council of Ministers.
The announcement noted that the new law is designed to protect any personal data that may directly or indirectly identify users from collection and processing of such data without consent. The SDAIA outlined that 'personal data' shall include, among other things, names, identification numbers, addresses, phone numbers, personal records, financial records, images, videos, or any other identifying data.
The law is expected to be implemented within six months.
Read more here.
Hong Kong: PCPD publishes frequently asked questions regarding new SCCs
In Hong Kong, the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data released a set of FAQs regarding the European Commission's SCCs.
The FAQs focus on the circumstances of applicability of the SCCs to data exporters and importers, as well as providing a table summarising some of the overriding obligations as applicable to the four modules that can be utilised. The deadline for signing old SCCs into new contractual agreements ends on 27 September 2021, meaning that beyond this date the European Commission’s new SCCs must be used.
Existing contracts including the old SCCs will remain valid until December 2022.
Read more here.