On January 4, 2023, the Irish Data Protection Commission (the “DPC”) announced it issued two decisions that have wide relevance for the adtech industry.  The decisions focus on the extent to which businesses can rely on the GDPR legal basis of ‘performance of a contract’ to justify delivering behavioural advertising to users without separately seeking their consent. 

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On December 19, 2022, the United States Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced two separate record-breaking settlements with Epic Games, Inc. (“Epic”), the video game publisher behind the popular online multiplayer game “Fortnite,” totaling over $520 million for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and use of “dark patterns” to deceive players into making unwanted, in-game purchases. 

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On December 13, 2022, the European Commission (“Commission”) formally launched the process to adopt an adequacy decision for the EU – U.S. Data Privacy Framework and proposed a draft adequacy decision concerning personal data transfers to the U.S. (available here).

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On 24 November 2022, the UK government announced its adequacy decision for the Republic of Korea, which will allow UK organizations to share personal data with Korean organizations more freely under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (“UK GDPR”).

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has opened a consultation on new draft guidance on monitoring at work (the “Draft Guidance”).  The Draft Guidance applies in both the private and public sectors in respect of any worker, a term which is used to include employees as well as non-employee workers, independent contractors and volunteers.
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Today, after over two years of detailed negotiations, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order on Enhancing Safeguards for United States Signals Intelligence Activities (the “Order”)  outlining steps the U.S. will take to implement its commitments under the European Union-U.S. Data Privacy Framework, originally announced by President Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in March of 2022 (as previously discussed here).[1]
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Determined to maintain its position as a pioneer for consumer privacy rights, California is again among the first to take action to tackle issues of children’s safety and privacy online with the enactment of the California Age-Appropriate Design Code (the “Code”), which was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 15, 2022.  Once effective on July 1, 2024, the Code would, among other things, prescribe rules that require  businesses to design their online products and services with children’s privacy in mind and identify and mitigate any risks of material detriment to children that arise from businesses’ online data practices.
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On September 5, 2022, following the election of the new UK Prime Minister, the UK Government decided not to proceed with the second reading and other motions relating to the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill (the “Bill”), which was due to have taken place on the same day.  According to the Leader of the House of Commons, this Bill was pulled as “to allow Ministers to consider the legislation further”.
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After a failed attempt in 2021, Connecticut has become the fifth U.S. state to enact comprehensive data privacy legislation with the passing of “An Act Concerning Personal Data Privacy and Online Monitoring” or the Connecticut Data Privacy Act (the “CDPA” or the “Act”). The Act will take effect July 1, 2023 giving covered organizations about 14 months to become compliant.
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The SEC published in March 2022 a dauntingly complex proposal to require public companies to provide climate-related disclosures.[1]  The period for public comment on the proposal is very short, and it seems clear that a majority of the Commission is determined to proceed quickly.
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