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A wave of new state privacy legislation may be on the horizon

Elizabeth Casale March 12, 2021
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A number of states have proposed new privacy legislation this year, including Florida, Oklahoma and more. Virginia is now the second state in the U.S. to enact comprehensive privacy legislation. READ MORE

New York Assembly introduces the Biometric Privacy Act

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New York’s proposed Biometric Privacy Act would require entities that possess biometric information or identifiers to obtain specific consumer consent for collecting, capturing, purchasing or trading such information, and would be privately-actionable as well. READ MORE

Maintaining privilege over forensic data-breach reports

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In the new reality of transparent data collection, use, and security, companies may be forced to strike a careful balance between protecting their confidential and privileged information and complying with various laws requiring them to be transparent and to keep consumers informed. READ MORE

California Privacy Rights Act qualifies for November 2020 ballot

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The California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 has officially qualified for this November’s ballot. If passed, some provisions of the law would take effect five days after the California Secretary of State files the statement of vote, but the CPRA would be effective January 1, 2023 with a July 1, 2023 enforcement date. READ MORE

6 data security tips for working from home

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In response to COVID-19, many companies have shifted their workforce to working remotely. This creates some entirely new security challenges. In the new remote work reality, company personnel may need to assume a more active role in securing data and information systems. READ MORE

California Attorney General releases second set of modifications to CCPA

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The California Attorney General released a new set of proposed modifications to the California Consumer Privacy Act, following the Attorney General’s proposed regulations released on October 10, 2019. The new modifications include some welcome changes for businesses and clarifying language for a number of the law’s sections. READ MORE

Supreme Court challenges privacy litigants to demonstrate Article III standing

Matt Hafter March 29, 2019
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The United States Supreme Court has remanded Frank v. Gaos back to the District Court after wrestling with the continuing challenges of “standing” in internet privacy litigation. The decision may have lasting implications for cybersecurity litigation brought under Article III. READ MORE

‘Aggrieved Persons’ can bring suit under Biometric Information Privacy Act

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The Illinois Supreme Court has decided individuals need not allege injury other than a violation of their rights to bring suit under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, leaving the door open for future individual suits and class actions. READ MORE

Pennsylvania Supreme Court provides new route for data security breach plaintiffs

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A recent decision from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in Dittman v. UPMC may signal a significant change in fortunes for plaintiffs in data breach cases. Anyone storing or collecting data should be aware of the potential increase in security breach litigation in an employer/employee context. READ MORE