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Privacy and compliance news roundup, June 2021

Welcome to the first installment of the Ketch news roundup, where we gather the latest and greatest data privacy and compliance information to share with you! This week, we have our eyes on the newly appointed head of the FTC Lina Kahn, and what her role means for the privacy space, Colorado’s comprehensive privacy legislation is awaiting the Governor’s signature, Florida has sent a new TCPA-style law to the governor for signature, and Senator Kristin Gillibrand's strengthened DPA proposal.

Look out Big Tech: Lina Khan’s arrived
While FTC regulations are certainly a possibility, if history is any indication - the path towards any type of FTC owned regulation is long (FACTA rules on ID Theft and TSR come to mind) How many years have we been waiting for fed privacy legislation though? FTC regulations may take year(s), but at the end of the day that could be the shorter path. Our question is - will they still be relevant by the time they pass? Read the article

Colorado, Colorado, Colorado!
In case you hadn’t heard, the Colorado Senate recently voted to pass House amendments to their privacy bill. They’re currently waiting on an Exec. signature. Once that’s been signed, we can add Colorado privacy law to the roadmap list. If you haven’t already begun adjusting your privacy program to accommodate these types of rapid changes - give us a call.  Read the article

Florida’s new TCPA Law: consent required or risk a lawsuit
The Florida legislature recently passed legislation that significantly expands the state’s existing telemarketing laws. Most notably, the legislation adds a private cause of action for any violations of the Florida Do Not Call Act and requires prior express written consent for automated or prerecorded calls or texts (without defining what automated means). The law was recently sent to the Governor for signature, and if signed will go into effect on July 1, 2021. Read the article.

New Consumer Watchdog Agency?

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-NY, recently released a new and improved draft of her Data Protection Act. The act motions to establish a new regulatory agency solely focused on enforcing federal privacy laws and addressing the growing data privacy crisis in America. Give the article a glance to understand the proposed improvements and the three core goals of the proposed agency. Read the article

New Adequacy Decisions for the UK
The UK has adopted two new adequacy decisions, one under GDPR and the other under the Law Enforcement Direction. What does this mean? “Personal data can now flow freely from the European Union to the United Kingdom where it benefits from an essentially equivalent level of protection to that guaranteed under EU law” says the European Commission in their press release. Read the article

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