CCPA Updates: California AG Releases Proposed Regulations

On October 11, 2019, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra signaled his enforcement priorities and released the long awaited proposed regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), which was signed into law on June 28, 2018 and goes into effect … Continue reading

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Taxpayer CyberSecurity — Step 1: Protect Your Systems!

In March 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) convened an unprecedented coalition of state tax agencies and private-sector tax industry officials to fight back against emerging criminal syndicates exploiting sensitive taxpayer information by creating the Security Summit. The Security Summit … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Protection, IRS, Personal Information, Privacy

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Facing the Issue: San Francisco Bans City Use of Facial Recognition Technology

On May 21, 2019, the City of San Francisco passed an ordinance banning the use of facial recognition software by police and other city agencies.  The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-1 in favor of the ban, which went … Continue reading

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What Does the New Utah Electronic Data Privacy Law Do?

Utah recently became the first state to enact a law specifically designed to protect private electronic information stored with third parties from collection by law enforcement without a valid warrant.  Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed the ground-breaking legislation on March … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of an FTC Data Security Lawsuit

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has described itself as “Your cop on the privacy beat” and a top federal regulator of consumer-facing data security practices.  An example of how the FTC asserts itself when it comes to data security and … Continue reading

Posted in Cyber Security, Data Breach, Data Protection, FTC, Government Regulations, Internet of Things, IoT, Personal Information, Privacy

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Senate Introduces The Data Care Act of 2018

On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Ranking Member of the Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Subcommittee, introduced The Data Care Act of 2018. The bill, which is co-sponsored by 14 Senate Democrats, would establish numerous consumer … Continue reading

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What’s Unique About the California Consumer Privacy Act

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) offers a new, very broad framework for data protection with increased obligations for businesses, and its reach is far and wide. It was passed in a whirlwind seven days. On the day it … Continue reading

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Supreme Court: Warrant Usually Required For Cell Tower Records to Track a Person’s Movements

On June 22, 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the government generally needs a search warrant to track a person’s location through cell phone location records.  The opinion, in Carpenter v. United States was … Continue reading

Posted in Digital Devices, Digital evidence, Electronic devices, Government Regulations, Law Enforcement, Personal Information, Privacy

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On the Border: Lawmakers Seek to End Warrantless Searches of Electronic Devices by Border Authorities

The controversial practice of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents randomly demanding that Americans turn over passwords to their mobile devices so they can be searched at the border and at ports of entry may be coming to an … Continue reading

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New Mexico Passes Data Breach Notification Law

On March 16, 2017, the New Mexico legislature passed the Data Breach Notification Act (HB 15), which is now on the desk of Governor Susana Martinez awaiting signature. Governor Martinez has until April 7, 2017 to sign HB 15 into … Continue reading

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