“Sorry, We Don’t Accept MasterCard Here” India’s Ban On Credit Card Companies Over Data Localization

A two-horse buggy is pulling the movement for data localization. The first horse is a need for national privacy and security; the second horse is data monetization. With large-scale data breaches filling the newsfeed, people have become concerned about their data getting into the hands of the wrong people. Data localization can help countries and companies secure and protect collected data as localization allows for easier data monitoring. The other side of the coin is commerce from data sales. Data brokers generate revenue from the sale of personal information, and data localization can be a method for countries and companies to regulate who has access to their data and prevent people from selling the data. As countries start to require data localization, companies must be mindful of the practice and how to implement it, or possibly face a ban.

A Privacy Guide for Businesses to Comply with Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA)

Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) regulates the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data. Personal data under the PDPA is data, whether true or not, that can be used to identify an individual. The PDPA creates rights for individuals in the handling of their personal information while also requiring organizations to safeguard the data…

A Quick Guide To Consumer Privacy Laws (CCPA/CDPA/CPA) and HIPAA Exemptions For Healthcare Providers

Primer on U.S. Healthcare Laws: HIPAA: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) establishes national standards to protect individual’s medical records and other personal health information. HIPAA lays out the appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of…

Is Traceability a Privacy Concern? Dissecting the India-WhatsApp Feud

Earlier this year, India’s Ministry of Electronics & IT (MEITY) announced new guidelines for popular social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google. The new policy dictates, among other things, that the companies will be required to acknowledge and comply with India’s takedown requests of “unlawful, misinformation, and violent content within 24 hours.” India…

Swipe on, Swipe off: Key Fobs are Gathering Your Data and How the New York Tenant Data Privacy Act Looks to Help

A New York City law will regulate how landlords may gather and use their tenants’ data. This law is the first of its kind to create duties and responsibilities for building owners in how they must manage data and information gathered through smart access devices. Convenience vs Privacy In the ongoing tug-of-war between personal convenience…