Daily Digest (6/30)

ANA Asks Calif. Governor to Delay Privacy Law Enforcement; South Korea Expected to Be Spared GDPR Fines; Facebook Must Face Wiretap Claims, Court Rules; India bans 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser. Click “Continue reading” below.

ANA Asks Calif. Governor to Delay Privacy Law Enforcement

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has asked Democratic Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom to delay implementing the state’s landmark privacy law, citing disruptions caused by COVID-19 and continued regulatory uncertainty.

“Consumers, businesses, and the public health would benefit from a reasonable forbearance of enforcement during this pandemic,” the association told Newsom in a letter last week, Digital News Daily reports.

The California Consumer Privacy Act, which took effect in January, gives consumers the right to learn what information has been collected about them by companies, have the data deleted and bars the sale of the information to third parties.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is to begin enforcing the law July 1.

The ANA also is urging Newsom to intervene to “remedy the constitutional and procedural defects” in regulations proposed by Becerra, but not yet approved by the state’s Office of Administrative Law, Digital News Daily reports.

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South Korea Expected to Be Spared GDPR Fines

The European Union is expected to exempt South Korea from its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) so that South Korean companies’ information or data transfers from their business places in Europe to South Korea do not bring fines.

The South Korean government and the European Union are in final negotiations on the issue, Business Korea.com reports. 

The countries already reached a major agreement, and the E.U.’s provisional approval is expected to be granted this month.

Implemented in 2018 for personal information protection, the GDPR bars an unauthorized external transfer of data or information an enterprise collected from an E.U. citizen.

Any violation leads to a fine equivalent to the bigger one of up to 4% of global sales and 20 million euros, according to the report.

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Facebook Must Face Wiretap Claims, Court Rules

A federal appellate court has refused to revisit its earlier ruling that Facebook might have violated federal and state privacy laws by tracking people via the “like” button.

In a short order issued late last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rejected Facebook’s request for a new hearing, MediaPost.com reports.

The court ruled that none of the circuit’s judges requested to vote on Facebook’s application for reconsideration.

The decision leaves in place a ruling issued in April by a three-judge panel, which revived a class-action complaint claiming that Facebook violated several laws, including a federal statute that makes it illegal to intercept electronic communications without the consent of at least one party.

The battle dates to 2011, when several users alleged in the class action that Facebook infringed their privacy by collecting data about people through its social widget, according to the report.

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India bans 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser

India’s Information Technology Ministry has banned 59 Chinese-owned applications, including TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, Likee, WeChat and Bigo Live.

Officials called the apps “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order,” The Indian Express reports.

The move came amid the standoff along the Line of Actual control in Ladakh with Chinese troops. Criticism and backlash from Indian authorities against Chinese applications have been ongoing.

Monday’s move, based on Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, marked the largest sweep against the Chinese technology companies.

“The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources, including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India,” the agency said in a statement.

“The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures.”

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— By DPN Staff