February 16, 2019| Blog
On the heels of the passing one of the nation’s leading pieces of privacy legislation, the California Consumer Privacy Protection Act (“CCPA”), Governor Newsom, used his first “State of the State” address, to highlight his position on data protection and privacy, by saying that technology companies “make billions of dollars collecting, curating and monetizing our personal data have a duty to protect it” and that “Consumers have a right to know and control how their data is being used.”
February 13, 2019| Blog
There will be one less new privacy regulation to worry about in 2019. In June of last year, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it would review its rules implementing the CAN-SPAM Act, regulating unsolicited commercial email. Yesterday, the FTC announced that it had received 92 comments during the review process, and concluded that no changes to its CAN-SPAM Rules were needed at this time.
January 29, 2019| Blog
Leaving its fingerprints all over the privacy debate, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down a ruling that will significantly impact litigation under the state’s unique Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA” or “Act”), creating a potential boon for plaintiffs. In its January 25 opinion in Stacy Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., the court unanimously sided with the plaintiff, ruling that actual harm is not a requirement to establish standing under BIPA.
January 29, 2019| Blog
The California Attorney General’s Office (CAGO) is conducting a series of public hearings around the state to gather input on the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). We attended the CAGO’s January 25th, 2019 hearing. The panel of CAGO staff informed those in attendance to anticipate a Notice of Proposed Regulatory Action in the fall of 2019.
January 28, 2019| Blog
Happy Data Privacy Day! Join the #PrivacyAware conversation all day long on Twitter. Watch the Data Privacy Data Event online from LinkedIn in San Francisco. Click here to watch at 2 PM PST/5 PM EST.
January 17, 2019| Blog
We have been actively covering the California Consumer Privacy Act on our blog as it evolves including here and here. Please join us on February 6th for the first webinar in our California Consumer Privacy Act Series.
January 7, 2019| Blog
Mintz Member Cynthia Larose and her thought leadership on all things Privacy has been selected for a National Law Review “Go-To Thought Leadership Award.” The inaugural awards recognize 65 exceptional authors and legal organizations for their reporting of complex legislative and litigation news, as well as their strategic insight and overall legal industry knowledge.
December 12, 2018| Blog
It has been a busy few weeks for HIPAA enforcement. On Tuesday, the Office for Civil Rights announced its third resolution of a HIPAA breach in as many weeks. In this latest matter, OCR announced that Pagosa Springs Medical Center (PSMC), a critical access hospital in Colorado, has agreed to both pay $111,400 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) as well as adopt a comprehensive, two-year corrective action plan (CAP) to address and settle potential HIPAA violations.
December 12, 2018| Blog
Recently, Oath, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Verizon Communications agreed to pay $4.95 million to settle charges from the New York attorney general’s office that the company’s online advertising business was violating federal law.
Commitment to Protection of User Data Essential To Consumer Adoption of IoT Devices – Three Things to Know about the New Hampshire Amazon Echo Case
December 6, 2018| Blog
Recently, Amazon refused (registration required) to provide data from an Amazon Echo device in a case involving the a double homicide in response to an order issued by a New Hampshire state judge. Prosecutors believe that the Echo may have recorded data relevant to the crime; a potential perpetrator has already been charged.
That Local Representative Problem . . . and the New Guidelines on the Territorial Scope of the GDPR (Part I)
November 29, 2018| Blog
Companies based outside of the European Union sometimes find it challenging to determine whether the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to them. And if they finally work out that the GDPR applies, they then have the challenge of finding a local representative as required by Art. 27.
November 15, 2018| Blog
Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it has finalized its expanded settlement with ride-haling giant, Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) related to two major data breach incidents. The initial breach occurred in 2014 and led to an FTC investigation into Uber’s data storage practices for rider and driver data.
October 22, 2018| Blog
If you are a medical device manufacturer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that you should prepare a “cybersecurity bill of materials” before marketing your devices. As outlined in our sister blog’s post, the requirement would require manufacturers to produce a list of the components that could be susceptible to vulnerabilities.
October 4, 2018| Blog
California continues to lead the nation in cybersecurity and privacy legislation on the heels of the recent California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”). Governor Brown recently signed into law two nearly identical bills, Assembly Bill No. 1906 and Senate Bill No. 327 (the “Legislation”) each of which required the signing of the other to become law, on September 28th, 2018.
October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month: NTIA Requests Comment on a Proposed Risk-Management Approach to Consumer Data Privacy
October 1, 2018| Blog
Welcome to October! October 2018 marks the 15th year of the observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Awareness Alliance. We’ll be keeping you updated on all things privacy and security throughout the month.
National Cyber Strategy Aims to Deter through Strength; Collaborate with Private Sector to Secure Cyberspace
September 28, 2018| Blog
Late last week the White House released its National Cyber Strategy, setting forth its approach to protecting U.S. critical infrastructure from global cyber threats.
September 20, 2018| Blog
As previously noted in this blog, the Neiman Marcus payment card data theft class action reflects a lenient approach to the issue of standing in data breach cases. In that case, the Seventh Circuit rejected arguments that customers claiming to have sustained only the theft of debit and credit card information had not alleged sufficient injury to have standing to sue.
September 4, 2018| Blog
Labor Day is passed, and the Privacy & Security Matters blog is back after a bit of a hiatus. The California State Legislature was busy up to the last day of the session working on privacy legislation.
July 5, 2018| Blog
The European Parliament passed a resolution today strongly criticizing Privacy Shield and recommending that Privacy Shield be suspended as of September 1, 2018, if the US doesn’t shape up by that deadline. Should US companies that rely on Privacy Shield panic?
July 3, 2018| Blog
The Supreme Court ruled, at the end of June, that seizing cell-site location information—data that tracks cell phone users’ movements—constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment.
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