International Privacy News Roundup | February 2023

UK publishes guide for age-appropriate design for online game developers

The UK Information Commissioner's Office published guidance designed to assist children's online game developers and their UK Age-Appropriate Design Code compliance efforts.

Revisions for the Artificial Intelligence Act are under review in the European Parliament

A revised text of the proposed Artificial Intelligence Act has been circulated to the European Parliament. The revisions focused on compromises on the definition of AI, general scope, high-risk AI classification and prohibited AI practices. The European Parliament has been in the process of debating and revising AI legislation since last fall. The Act is the world’s first attempt to regulate AI based on its potential to cause harm.

EU finds fault with the US data protection framework

The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament does not want the European Commission to extend an adequacy decision to the US based on the proposed EU-US Data Privacy Framework. The Committee is primarily opposed to the current language on equivalent protections and the proposed redress system the US plans to establish for EU consumers. Committee members also pointed to the differing definition of key data protection concepts as being worrisome.

EU regulators increase oversight of AI

Data protection authorities in France, Spain and the Netherlands are opening units dedicated to AI oversight and enforcement, while lawmakers are in the process of negotiating the AI Act.

NATO has started development of an AI certification standard

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s ('NATO') Data and Artificial Intelligence Review Board ('DARB') announced, on 8 February 2023, that it had started the development of a user-friendly and responsible artificial intelligence ('AI') certification standard. In particular, DARB highlighted that the standard would help industries and institutions across the NATO members make sure that new AI and data projects are in line with international law, as well as NATO's norms and values.

Australia aims to reform their national privacy law

The Australian Attorney-General's Department released a review of the Privacy Act 1988, a significant milestone to reforming Australia’s national privacy law. The Privacy Act Review Report includes 116 recommendations based on 30 key themes and proposals from stakeholders during the last two years. Now, a public comment period is open until March 31.

South Korea fines Meta Platforms, Inc. for violating the Personal Information Protection Act 2011

The Korean Personal Information Protection Commission ('PIPC') imposed a fine of 6.6 million won (approx. $5,240) on Meta Platforms, Inc., for violations of Article 39-3(3) of the Personal Information Protection Act 2011 (as amended in 2020) ('PIPA'). The Korean authority investigated Meta over allegations that it banned users from Facebook and Instagram if they refused to provide personal information about their activities on other platforms and sites.

UN releases a guide on best practices for applying privacy-enhancing technologies

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics released its "Guide on Privacy-Enhancing Technologies for Official Statistics". The guide "explores current approaches to data protection and their associated limitations" with the goal of equipping national statistics offices with best practices and considerations for applying PETs.


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