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Washington State Legislature Takes Another Shot At a Consumer Data Privacy Law

Following an unsuccessful attempt last year at passing a comprehensive data privacy bill, the Washington State Legislature is hoping the second time’s the charm. Senate Bill 6281, this session’s updated version of The Washington Privacy Act, is based on the best practices taken from the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) which went into effect on January 1 of this year. Although last year’s effort fizzled in Washington’s House of Representatives after passing the Senate 46-1, SB 6281 has been ...

Schrems II Opinion Casts Doubt on EU-US Data Protection Rules

Facebook is at the center of the “Schrems” case, which exposed contradictions between U.S. and EU data privacy rules and toppled the U.S./EU Safe Harbor (Schrems I). In Schrems II, Austrian Max Schrems challenges the adequacy of standard contractual clauses and the Privacy Shield (the replacement to the Safe Harbor).  A recent opinion in Schrems II questions the adequacy of privacy protections guaranteed by the U.S. but for now preserves the Privacy Shield and standard contractual clauses as potential adequate means of transferring personal data from the EU to the U.S.

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The Wait is Over: Proposed Regulations Implementing the CCPA are Released

By Suzanne Gainey and Tandy Mathis.  On October 10, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that the long-awaited proposed regulations implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) are available for public comment.  Although the regulations are not yet final, they do provide some visibility into what the Attorney General will expect from businesses that are subject to the CCPA.  While the proposed regulations add some clarity to the (sometimes unclear) language of the CCPA, the regulations also raise new questions about the application of the CCPA ...

California Consumer Privacy Act Update: AB25 and AB1355 Approved by California Governor

Earlier we posted an article regarding the amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act by AB 25 and AB1355 creating a moratorium on the application of much of the CCPA to employee personal information—subject to approval by California’s governor. Pleased to report that Governor Newsom approved both AB25 and AB1355 and therefore the moratorium will be in effect until January 1, 2021. Some welcome relief to businesses trying to comply with the CCPA’s requirements.

California Consumer Privacy Act Update: California Legislature Provides Relief for Businesses Processing Employee Data

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) imposes significant protections for California residents covered by the law, and significant burdens for companies required to comply with it.    One area of concern is whether the CCPA applied to employee data collected by a business.  The language of the CCPA was unclear, but was open to the interpretation that its protections covered such data.  With an effective date of January 1, 2020, employers have been watching to see if the California legislature would clear up the uncertainty.  The good news is that for at least until January 1, 2021, most ...

NY Governor Signs Data Breach Security Law

As anticipated, today New York’s governor signed into law the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (SHIELD Act) discussed in our recap of US data breach laws enacted in the first half of 2019. The bill passed the state senate by a margin of 41 – 21. The law updates the body of law governing data breaches in New York by increasing the scope of information subject to current data breach notification laws and expanding notification requirements.

US Data Breach and Privacy 2019 Legislative Recap

A few weeks ago, Texas signed into law an amendment to its data breach law, capping off a busy first half of 2019 for state lawmakers in this arena.  As we gear up for the second half of 2019, we thought a recap was worthwhile.  The legislation reflects a number of trends, including increasing obligations on consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) to protect consumers (no doubt in part a reaction to the Equifax breach), and updating data breach notice and reporting to provide more transparency and more information to consumers to protect their data, and to update older laws to address ...

North Carolina Amendments to Data Breach Law Finally Introduced

On April 16, 2019, Representatives Saine, Jones and Reives introduced House Bill 904, the long anticipated amendments to the North Carolina Identity Theft Protection Act, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-61 et seq.. We first wrote about the proposed legislation in February 2018 [Two Proposed Data Security Laws Reflect National Trend Toward Affirmative Responsibilities]. The bill also amends the definition of identifying information in North Carolina’s criminal identity theft statute, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-113.20(b), adopted by reference in the Identity Theft Protection Act’s ...

Washington State Legislature Moves Toward Passage of Broad Consumer Data Privacy Law

Following in the footsteps of California, and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, the State of Washington is taking steps to adopt a comprehensive privacy law focused on protecting consumer information. SB 5376, better known as the Washington Privacy Act, passed in the Washington State Senate on March 6, 2019 by a vote of 46 to 1 and had a public hearing in the Washington State House Committee on Innovation, Technology & Economic Development on March 22, 2019.

The bill has also received support from Microsoft General Counsel and former U.S. FTC Commissioner ...

Illinois Supreme Court Rules on Biometric Privacy Case

Today, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously held that actual harm was not a necessary component of proving a breach of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act.  This ruling found that Stacy Rosenbach, the mother of a minor whose thumbprint was collected by Six Flags as part of a season pass holder purchase, can be considered an “aggrieved person” under the state’s biometric privacy law without alleging that her child’s data was stolen or misused.

This decision is significant because Illinois has the nation’s only biometric privacy law with a private right of ...

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