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Sweden: Privacy Protection Authority Finds Police Use of Facial Recognition Illegal, Issues Fines

(Apr. 6, 2021) On February 10, 2021, the Swedish Authority for Privacy Protection (IMY, Integrationsmyndigheten, formerly Datainspektionen) issued a decision whereby it fined the Swedish Police Authority 2.5 million Swedish kronor (about US$296,000) for violating the Crime Data Act (Brottsdatalagen) by using the facial recognition application Clearview AI. The artificial intelligence application was used intermittently […]

Germany: Laptop Retailer Heavily Fined for Violating General Data Protection Regulation

(Mar. 22, 2021) On January 8, 2021, the data protection commissioner for the German state of Lower Saxony (Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen, LfD Niedersachen) issued a press release announcing that the laptop retailer notebooksbilliger.de AG had been fined 10.4 million euros (about US$12.55 million) for violating the data protection rules of the General Data […]

China: Digital Vaccination Certificate for Citizens Traveling Overseas Launched

(Mar. 18, 2021) On March 8, 2021, China launched a digital vaccination certificate for its citizens, named the International Travel Health Certificate, to “facilitate safe and orderly cross-border travel,” according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on the same day. The certificate shows details about the holder’s current COVID-19 vaccination […]

China: Health QR Code Now Required for Foreigners Flying to China

(Dec. 14, 2020) On November 23, 2020, the Chinese Embassy in the United States published a notice requiring non-Chinese citizens to obtain a QR code marked “HDC” (Health Declaration Code) in order to board flights to China. The new requirement entered into effect on December 1, 2020. According to the notice, foreign passengers can apply […]

Egypt: Country’s First Law on Protection of Personal Data Enters into Force

(Oct. 29, 2020) On October 17, 2020, Egypt’s first law to protect personal data entered into force. Law No. 151 of 2020 on the Protection of Personal Data had been ratified on July 13, 2020, by Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Article 7 of the law stipulates that enforcement of the law would begin 90 days […]

Russian Federation: Government Agrees with Lowering Threshold for Personal Data Protection during Coronavirus Pandemic

(Oct. 26, 2020) On October 13, 2020, the Russian Federal Ministry of Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media confirmed the legality of a decree issued by the mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, requiring that, beginning October 5, 2020, all employers in the city of Moscow transfer to telework at least one-third of all employees, as […]

World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches Free Database of Judicial Decisions on IP Law

(Oct. 7, 2020) On September 24, 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced the launching of WIPO Lex-Judgments, a free database that provides access to judicial decisions on IP law from around the world. The project started with over 400 documents from Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, the Republic of […]