NEWS STORIES WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 US Senate Introduces SAFE DATA Act Last week, Senators John Thune (R-SD), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Roger Wicker (R-MS), introduced a proposal for a federal data privacy law; the Setting an American Framework to Ensure Data Access, Transparency, and Accountability (SAFE DATA Act). Senator Wicker,…
MIT Releases White Paper on Data Privacy First-Movers
In a new white paper, MIT Technology Review released insights on emerging and current data privacy legislation. The paper, titled First-mover advantages of implementing data privacy in countries where such a law is under consideration, outlines the business advantages of becoming an early adopter of data privacy legislation. Those competitive advantages include increased consumer confidence, reduced costs, and better data utility.
Connecticut Data Privacy Becomes Law
Governor Ned Lamont announced last week that he’d signed into law Connecticut’s first comprehensive data privacy act—the fifth state to enact such legislation. The law will take effect in July 2023. “Consumers have a right to know what information of theirs is being collected, have the ability to correct any false data that is collected, and have the right to delete that data if they don’t want it collected,” Governor Lamont said. Read ADCG’s full explainer here.
Dutch DPA Vows to Double Down on Data Protection
Last week, the International Association of Privacy Professionals held its first Data Protection Intensive in the Netherlands. Marianne Niessink, Director of International Affairs, Policy and Strategy for the Dutch data protection authority Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, gave the opening remarks at the conference, and noted that the new Dutch government, which took office in January of this year, would take a stronger, better-financed approach to privacy than its predecessor, noting that in about 20 percent of previous new draft laws concerning data processing, “data protection is insufficiently secured regarding collection, retention and sharing of personal data of citizens.”
UK Announces New Health Data Strategy
The United Kingdom’s Health and Social Care Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, announced a new strategy for protecting health data last week. Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data, focuses on seven core principles, with an emphasis on “ improving the privacy and security of patient’s data, digitizing social care, and enabling clinicians and researchers to have legitimate access to the right data in order to improve care and deliver life-saving treatments,” according to CIO. The principles are, “1) Improving trust in the health and care system’s use of data; 2) Giving health and care professionals the information they need to provide the best care; 3) Improving data for adult social care; 4) Supporting local decision-makers with data; 5) Empowering researchers with the data they need to develop life-changing treatments and diagnostics; 6) Working with partners to develop innovations that improve health and care, and; 7) Developing the right technical infrastructure.”
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