2021 was a rough year for many businesses, but there was at least one winner: in a recent blog post, privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo reported a record growth of over 46 percent and now claims to serve more than 27 million Americans. Unlike other search engines, which sell targeted advertisements based on individual user

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee recently announced that they are considering implementing vaccine passport programs in their respective states. Baker stated that he is working with other states to use a QR code system that allows users to scan to verify vaccination status. In Rhode Island, the Department of Health

With the passage of the Colorado Privacy Act, Colorado joins Virginia and California as early adopters of state-level privacy legislation. These laws impose higher restrictions on companies processing specific sensitive categories of data that reveal information such as sexual orientation and ethnic origin. However, the law remains unclear on what constitutes “revealing” information. For example,

  • November 9 – Kathryn Rattigan is presenting the “Rise of Drones and Erosion of Privacy” in a live video-broadcast hosted by myLawCLE.
  • November 10 – Kathryn Rattigan will be presenting as part of the Western Michigan University (WMU) Cooley Law School Homeland & National Security Law and the WMU-Cooley Homeland & National Security

When GDPR became effective three years ago, companies took notice of the fines and penalties attached to violations of the stringent privacy law—4 percent of global annual sales. The fines have been racking up, including the most recent one by the Irish Data Protection Commission against WhatsApp—$266 million. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook.

The fine

This week, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general said in an oversight report that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have failed to use adequate cybersecurity measures and safeguards to protect travelers’ data. The report says that from July 2017 to December 2019, personal data was left vulnerable to hackers in the Mobile