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CCPA 2.0 May Be Heading for the November Ballot in California

The consumer group Californians for Consumer Privacy announced on May 4, 2020, that it was submitting well over 900,000 signatures to qualify the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) for the November 2020 ballot. This new ballot initiative, which can be reviewed here, creates some additional consumer privacy rights and expands some areas already included in … Continue Reading

Working from Home During the Pandemic? Turn Alexa and Siri Off!

The transition from work-from-the-office to work-from-home has been rapid during the pandemic. All of a sudden, millions of workers are working from home, while data security personnel were not able to plan and operationalize the transition in an optimal way. Many security measures are being put in place now as everyone settles into the new … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #234 – Children’s Privacy During the Pandemic

Kids are at home all day now, remote learning and surfing the web more than ever before. Parents are working from home too, and understandably are not always able to monitor and supervise their children’s computer use as much as they should or would like to. Scammers, fraudsters and evil doers know this and are … Continue Reading

Businesses and Trade Groups Seek Delay in CCPA Enforcement Actions

Recently businesses and advertising trade groups wrote a letter to the California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to request delayed enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The letter cited the current health crisis as a result of COVID-19 and a state of national emergency as the … Continue Reading

California Attorney General Releases Additional Modifications to Draft CCPA Regulations

On March 11, 2020, the California Attorney General released the second set of modifications to the draft California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regulations. This set of modifications contains deletions to language that was included in the February modifications to the regulations as well as some new language. Notable changes include the deletions of the “do … Continue Reading

FERPA and COVID-19 Virus DOE Guidelines

The COVID-19 virus is having an unprecedented effect on all aspects of our daily lives, and has hit the educational system especially hard with forced closures and cancellations.  Because educational institutions play such a vital role in our communities, the Department of Education (DOE) recently issued guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (Guidance) … Continue Reading

Vermont Governor Signs Bill Requiring Data Privacy Inventory of Citizens’ PII

On March 5, 2020, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed into law Senate Bill 110, “An act relating to data privacy and consumer protection,” which provides authority to develop a statewide data privacy inventory of the personally identifiable information (PII) that the state collects from and maintains of its citizens. According to the bill, the data … Continue Reading

OIG Audit Finds that Majority of Part D Providers Surveyed Used E1 Transactions for Potentially Inappropriate Purposes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requested an audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of Medicare Part D eligibility verification transactions (E1) transactions. The OIG recently released its report which found that the majority of the providers evaluated used E1 transactions for some inappropriate purpose other than to bill for a … Continue Reading

The Washington Privacy Act – Re-Introduced for 2020 – Is it the Best of CCPA and GDPR?

Washington legislators recently introduced the Washington Privacy Act (WPA). This legislation is a consumer-focused privacy law similar to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) but it also has some European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-like concepts. The WPA protects personal data in much the same way as the CCPA, but with some significant differences. … Continue Reading

California Attorney General Releases Modified Draft CCPA Regulations

On February 10, 2020, the California Attorney General’s Office released modified California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regulations. There are some notable differences in the regulations from the first draft, which can be seen in this redlined version. This article will highlight some of the new language added in the latest draft of the regulations. What’s … Continue Reading

IoT Manufacturers – What You Need to Know About California’s IoT Law

California has a privacy law that took effect on January 1, 2020, and it’s not the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). This new privacy law regulates Internet of Things (IoT)-connected devices. SB 327 was enacted in 2018 and became effective on January 1, 2020. The California IoT law requires manufacturers of connected devices to equip … Continue Reading

Knowledge is Power: California Attorney General Issues Advisory on the CCPA

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said last week that “knowledge is power, and in today’s world knowledge is derived from data. When it comes to your own data, you should be in control…” These words came in an Advisory highlighting California consumers’ rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The Advisory outlined several areas … Continue Reading

CCPA Recap for the New Year

After much anticipation and trepidation, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect on January 1, 2020. Many companies are understandably still grappling with the details of the law, the amendments, and the proposed regulations and how to comply with them. If you have not determined whether the CCPA applies to your company, and … Continue Reading

Consumer-Facing DNA Testing Company Suffers Data Breach

Last week, Veritas Genetics, a consumer-facing DNA testing company, suffered a security breach affecting customer information in its database. Veritas offers whole-genome sequencing to consumers for $599. The security incident affected its customer portal, which Veritas said does not contain genetic data, DNA test results or health records. How did that information remain protected from … Continue Reading

FTC Settles First Case Involving Stalkerware

Would you hand over your smartphone, including your call history, text messages, photos, GPS locations, and browser history to your employer? To your significant other? How about to a random stranger? I’m guessing your answer is an overwhelming “No” to each of these questions. Stalkerware and stalking apps do just that. Both are spyware that … Continue Reading

CCPA News: Amendments Signed into Law by the California Governor and Draft Regulations Released by the State’s Attorney General

Last week was a busy week for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), as Attorney General Xavier Becerra released draft regulations on October 10 and Governor Newsom signed several pending CCPA amendments into law on October 11.  The CCPA amendments clarified several important issues, including: employee information and business-to-business (B2B) communications are exempt from the … Continue Reading

From California to Nevada: Another State Privacy Law That You Need to Know

While we’ve discussed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) at length, Nevada was busy amending its internet privacy law and in the process beat California’s deadline for the effective date by three months. Nevada’s SB 220 is effective as of October 1, 2019. This law prevents covered operators from selling individual’s personal information and allows … Continue Reading

CCPA Draft Regulations Expected in October

Bloomberg Law reported this week that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra expects to issue draft regulations for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in October. Bloomberg reported that AG Becerra told reporters the regulations would be published next month. Businesses and consumers will then be able to submit public comments to the regulations. Bloomberg also reported … Continue Reading

NIST Privacy Framework Draft Released

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released its draft Privacy Framework: A Tool for Improving Privacy through Enterprise Risk Management (Privacy Framework). What is the NIST Privacy Framework? First, let’s begin with what is NIST? NIST was founded in 1901 and is now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. According to … Continue Reading

Health Care Organizations Have Highest Costs for Data Breaches

As readers of this blog know, data breaches in the health care industry are all too common. Healthcare organizations are an attractive target for hackers because of the nature and amount of personal information that they possess. Therefore, it is perhaps not surprising that healthcare organizations have the highest costs associated with data breaches. They … Continue Reading

States Struggle with Regulating Risks Associated with College Closures

Based on an unprecedented number of college closures, along with complex demographic challenges showing continued reductions in the number of college-aged students, states are struggling to determine how to best protect both students and college employees. Currently, most states have been reactive, and have only taken action after a college has announced its intention to … Continue Reading
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