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Privacy Flash Five - June 2021

Client Updates
Our data privacy video series brings you five key developments each month. In this episode, Partner Cynthia Cole provides the five key takeaways from this month's news from across the global privacy landscape.

1. European Commission Adopts Updated Standard Contractual Clauses and Mandates New Compliance Deadlines

The European Commission adopted updated Standard Contractual Clauses for data transfers between EU and non-EU countries, providing much needed predictability and guidance after the Schrems II decision invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield.

2. SCOTUS 'Van Buren' Ruling Cracks down on Employee Policing

Employers now have one less legal mechanism for enforcing employee computer usage, but companies may still rely on state-level trade secret statutes and common law.

3. Data Privacy is increasingly shaping M&A Deal Making

The combination of rising cybercrime and an increasingly complex legal framework in the U.S. and abroad is forcing companies to pay more attention to privacy and cybersecurity in M&A.

4. Masks Off: Navigating the COVID-19 Vaccine Era

As vaccination rates rise and hybrid/remote working practices become more commonplace, companies should remain vigilant about data security practices and pay close attention to how they collect personnel information, such as employee vaccination status. 

5. Ransomware is a board level issue

With enterprise ransomware attacks on the rise, boards must stay educated about and remain actively involved in cybersecurity risk management by prioritizing preventative measures and remediation efforts for ransomware attacks. 

Baker Botts recognizes that data-protection and privacy issues are a concern for all companies that gather, store, or process the sensitive or personal information of their customers, third parties or employees. Privacy regulations around the world change constantly and the growth in technology available to transfer, manipulate, process, and access data shows no sign of abating. Learn more about our Privacy and Data Security practice here.

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