Data Privacy

Last week was a busy one for AI regulation. The week started and ended with big news from Colorado: on Monday, Colorado’s legislature passed “Concerning Consumer Protections in Interactions with Artificial Intelligence Systems” (SB 24-205) (Colorado AI Law) and, on Friday, Governor Jared Polis (D) signed the Colorado AI Law “with reservations” according to his letter to Colorado’s legislature. Although the Colorado legislature is the first U.S. lawmaker to pass general AI legislation, Colorado’s Governor has expressly invited Congress to replace the Colorado AI Law with a national regulatory scheme before the Colorado AI Law’s February 1, 2026, effective date.Continue Reading All Eyes on AI: Colorado Governor Throws Down the Gauntlet on AI Regulation After Colorado General Assembly Passes the Nation’s First AI Law

Last week, the Illinois House of Representatives joined the Illinois Senate in passing amendments to the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) to limit the scope of possible damages for violations of BIPA. As covered extensively here on PW, last year in Cothron v. White Castle, the Illinois Supreme Court held that an individual person accrues a separate statutory claim each time a defendant collects or discloses the individual’s biometric information in violation of BIPA. While the dissent in Cothron accurately observed that the combination of statutory damages and “per-scan” accrual meant that businesses could face “punitive, crippling liability . . . wildly exceeding any remotely reasonable estimate of harm,” the Cothron majority determined that “concerns about potentially excessive damage awards under the Act are best addressed by the legislature.”Continue Reading Illinois Legislature to Amend BIPA to Overrule Illinois Supreme Court Damages Decision

PrivacyWorld is pleased to report that the first part of a two-part article comparing Kentucky, Maryland and Nebraska’s new consumer privacy laws was published by OneTrust Data Guidance. These three state privacy laws were the 3rd, 4th and 5th laws enacted in 2024, following the new consumer privacy laws in New Hampshire and New Jersey enacted in January.Continue Reading OneTrust DataGuidance Publishes Team SPB’s Comparison of the Kentucky, Maryland and Nebraska Consumer Privacy Laws – Part 1

Privacy pros know that tracking all the US consumer privacy laws is a challenge. The Privacy World team is here to help. In this post, we’ve collated information and resources regarding the consumer privacy laws in Texas, Oregon and Florida – all three of which are effective as of July 1, 2024. While the Florida privacy law’s status as an “omnibus” consumer privacy law is debatable given its narrow applicability and numerous carveouts, we’ve included it in this post for completeness. We’ve also provided a list of effective dates for the other state consumer privacy laws enacted but not yet in effect and some compliance approaches for your consideration.Continue Reading Are You Ready for July 1? Florida, Oregon, and Texas on Deck

On 7 May 2024, Singapore’s Parliament introduced an Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA) Registry and Regulatory Enhancements Bill (Bill), which will limit public disclosures of company directors’ residential addresses on the business registry in Singapore.Continue Reading Singapore Looks to Tighten Corporate Disclosures of Directors’ Personal Data

Op-ed on what we know of the EDPB opinion on Pay or OK

April 17, 2024, 5:15 p.m. (Brussels)

Today, the EDPB plenary had a moment. It discussed an opinion on the Pay or OK models for social media. It was not its role, but it was likely trapped to do, as Art. 64(2) GDPR didn’t consider that national data protection authorities would sometimes use tactics similar to privacy activists to weaponize fundamental rights in a fight that has very little to do with privacy at its core. The discussion is much more about the Internet we want (or not).

“In most cases, it will not be possible for large online platforms to comply with the requirements for valid consent if they confront users only with a binary choice between consenting to processing of personal data for behavioral advertising purposes and paying a fee” says the opinion (according to the leak from POLITICO).Continue Reading When the EDPB is Weaponized, It Is Our Privacy That Is at Risk

In a Nutshell

On 17 April 2024, the Cybersecurity Agency of Singapore (Agency) issued a response to public feedback received on a draft amendment to its cybersecurity law.

This draft amendment of the Cybersecurity Bill (Bill) was published as part of a public consultation exercise from 15 December 2023 to 15 January 2024.

Our earlier post about this consultation can be accessed here.Continue Reading Singapore Progresses Towards Amended Cybersecurity Law

1. Introduction

The Framework Convention on Artificial Intelligence, Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law has been concluded by the Council of Europe (CoE) Committee on Artificial Intelligence on March 24, 2024, finally landing a decisive blow with a provisional agreement on the text of a treaty on artificial intelligence and human rights (Treaty).

This Treaty is the first of its kind and aims to establish basic rules to govern AI that safeguard human rights, democratic values and the rule of law among nations. As a CoE treaty, it is open for ratification by countries worldwide. It is worth noting that in this epic battlefield, apart from the CoE members in one corner of the global arena, on the opposite corner, representing various nations like the US, the UK, Canada and Japan, we have the observers, eyeing the proceedings, ready to pounce with their influence. Although lacking voting rights, their mere presence sends shockwaves through the negotiating ring, influencing the very essence of the Treaty.Continue Reading Heavyweight Fight, Did the US or EU KO the AI Treaty?

This week, House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) unveiled their bipartisan, bicameral discussion draft of the American Privacy Rights Act (APRA draft).[1] Chair Rodgers’ and Chair Cantwell’s announcement of the APRA draft surprised many congressional observers after comprehensive privacy legislation stalled in 2022.Continue Reading April’s APRA: Could Draft Privacy Legislation Blossom into Law in 2024?

On 2 April 2024, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante) announced that on 21 March 2024, it issued a warning to Worldcoin Foundation regarding its intention to collect biometric data (via iris scanning) for digital identification, claiming that such data processing would violate the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR).

Worldcoin Foundation supports the Worldcoin project, launched in 2019 by Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI LLC (OpenAI). The project is based on iris scanning to verify the identity of users and on linking such processing to the “financial instrument” market, specifically the cryptocurrency called WLD. The iris is scanned by a biometric device named Orb, which scans the face and iris of users to create a unique identification code (the so-called “World ID”) worldwide for each user. The Orb is not yet available in many countries (and is not offered in the EU).Continue Reading The Italian DPA Has Its Eyes on Biometric IDs – Another Fight on Tech or a Win for Privacy?