Senators in Florida and Illinois are proposing bills to limit surveillance and police access to data; the Texas Court of Appeals has expanded cellphone privacy rights, and the Washington State Supreme Court has ruled citizens have the right to privacy in the text messages sent from their mobile devices. Meanwhile, the U.S. government has entered an agreement with Japan allowing the countries to share fingerprints of suspected terrorists to be matched against each other’s databases, and the U.S. Department of Justice is asking the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for longer retention periods for certain data. Read about these developments and more in this week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup.
This week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup includes legislation introduced in both Missouri and Kansas aiming to protect electronic communications and data from government intrusion. This comes after an Arizona representative announced she will propose legislation to effectively ban the National Security Agency from that state. The roundup also includes news of Pennsylvania considering an expansion of its DNA collection to those arrested for felonies and misdemeanors that require registration as sex offenders and the release of a new draft of the Data Protection Bill in the Cayman Islands.
The Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) regulates employers’ collection, use, safeguarding and disclosure of “genetic information,” making it a privacy statute—and one with which it is becoming increasingly difficult to comply, writes Philip Gordon. Social media posts celebrating a family member’s cancer remission or a son’s trip to the ER for asthma contain “genetic information” in the eyes of GINA, Gordon writes, adding, “Recent (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) enforcement actions and private class-action filings as well as the increasing prevalence of personal social media in the workplace highlight the need for organizations to address, or revisit, their compliance with GINA.” Find out more about the EEOC’s implementing regulations and how to mitigate risk in your organization.
This week’s Privacy Tracker legislative roundup includes the IAPP’s coverage of the European Commission’s report critiquing the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor agreement and offering the U.S. 13 ways to save it, and insight from Eduardo Ustaran, CIPP/E, on the report. You’ll also find information on the United Nation’s approval of an unlawful surveillance resolution, why India may have to wait a little longer for a privacy law and South Africa’s new law. In the U.S., more regions are considering social media laws and DNA databases, and courts have decided cases relating to COPPA and consumer privacy.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled police can take DNA swabs from individuals upon arrest without warrant; an IAPP web conference indicates that while Latin American privacy laws have largely been based on European frameworks in order to facilitate business, their prescriptive nature on data breach disclosures and cross-border transfers may keep businesses away, and a look through headlines from the past week highlights concerns over the future of the proposed EU data protection regulation.