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28 January 2023 is Data Protection Day (or Data Privacy Day outside of Europe), which marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108. To mark Data Protection Day 2023, Baker McKenzie’s Global Data Privacy and Security Team is pleased to present this special edition update of key data protection and privacy developments and trends across the globe, as well summarising future legislative changes, predictions, and enforcement priorities to look out for during 2023.…

On December 13, the European Commission (“EC”) announced a draft decision on the adequacy of the U.S data protection regime to protect the personal data of European Union (“EU”) residents, the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework (“DPF”). The DPF, which was initially announced in March 2022 as a political agreement between the EU and the U.S., and then bolstered by President Biden’s Executive Order (“EO”) in October 2022, opens the door for an EU-U.S. data transfer…

Trillions of dollars are spent on M&A each year, yet reports suggest that less than 10% of deals integrate cybersecurity into the due diligence process.1 Despite the FBI and private watch dog groups raising multiple warning flags about ransomware groups hitting more and more companies in the middle of significant transactions like M&A, and despite increased focus from the FTC and the SEC on data security failures as legitimate reasons for shareholder and government enforcement…

In this episode, Brian Hengesbaugh, Global Chair of Privacy and Security, is joined by Cynthia Cole, IP, Data and Technology partner based in Palo Alto, as they discuss top-of-mind issues for global companies with respect to data and IP risk and reward in M&A. As a former CEO and General Counsel, Cynthia has extensive experience in a wide variety of complex technology and IP alliances and transactions, and offers her unique perspective on key issues…

This week, the California Privacy Protection Agency (“CPPA”) released modified proposed regulations (“Modified Regulations”) for compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) and the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”), and an explanation of the proposed changes, ahead of its upcoming Board Meetings. It is expected that the CPPA will discuss, and possibly adopt or modify further, the Modified Regulations during the CPPA Board Meetings which are scheduled for October 21-22 and October 28-29, 2022.…

In March 2022, U.S. and EU leaders reached an agreement in principle on a new accord to protect data flows entitled the Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework (“EU-U.S. DPF”).  Today, the US Government has taken important steps to implement this critical data flow framework, and strengthen legal certainty for EU to US personal data transfers.   First, President Biden signed an Executive Order on “Enhancing Safeguards for United States Signals Intelligence Activities” (“EO”). The EO enhances privacy…

Overview On September 23, 2022, the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA), in an open meeting, invited the public to listen in and provide comments on the agency’s current agenda. This five-hour meeting was facilitated by Chairperson Jennifer Urban. Based on the comments aired in the meeting, the public and other stakeholders (such as the business community) seemed interested in updates about the delayed California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) regulations (originally expected in July 2022) and…