In the October edition of IAPP’s Privacy Advisor, Divonne Smoyer, Hubert Zanczak, and Stuart Cobb speak to New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, about her view of consumer privacy, her work to date in enforcing existing laws and her thoughts about the future of privacy in New York and the country.
A conversation with Michigan Attorney General, Dana Nessel
In the September edition of IAPP’s Privacy Advisor, Divonne Smoyer and Hubert Zanczak speak to Michigan State Attorney General, Dana Nessel, about her ongoing work in the area of consumer privacy, as well as her reaction to Dobbs, thoughts on state consumer privacy legislation and the spread of misinformation online.
Maryland and California Propose Biometric Privacy Legislation that Would Include Illinois-Like Private Rights of Action
Maryland and California look to join the list of states that not only regulate biometric data but provide consumers with the opportunity to seek hefty statutory damages and attorney’s fees from offending businesses. Similar to Illinois’ oft-litigated Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), both bills would also (i) require written consent prior to the collection of biometric information; (ii) impose BIPA-like security measures, and (iii) mandate specific retention criteria, as described below.
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U.S. Data Privacy Compliance Roadmap for 2022
There’s no doubt 2022 will be a big year for data privacy compliance with three new laws going into effect in 2023. On January 1, 2023, the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) will replace and amend California’s most recent, comprehensive data privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and Virginia’s first extensive privacy law, the Consumer Data Privacy Act (VCDPA), will also go into effect. Six months later, on July 1, 2023, Colorado will make history when its first, robust privacy law, the Colorado Privacy Act (CPA), goes into effect. If keeping up with the acronyms alone is difficult, ensuring compliance will likely take some work.
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California amends CCPA and clarifies rulemaking deadline
On October 5, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) via Assembly Bill 694. Businesses are eagerly awaiting clarification on many aspects of the CCPA and the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) (the CPRA is set to go into effect on January 1, 2023, with a…
Illinois Court of Appeals finds one year and five year statute of limitations for BIPA claims
On September 17, 2021, the Illinois Court of Appeals for the First District ruled that some BIPA claims are subject to a five year statute of limitations, while others must be brought within one year. In Tims v. Black Horse Carriers, Inc., 2021 IL App (1st) 200563, the appellate court accepted a certified question…
California privacy update: New state enforcement agency leadership discuss extending CPRA rulemaking deadline and doubling the number of current CCPA regulations
California’s new enforcement agency, the Consumer Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA), recently held a meeting of its Board of Directors (Board), where they discussed the possible need to extend the July 1, 2022 CPRA rulemaking deadline and estimated that the updated privacy law, which takes effect in 2023, may require doubling the existing body of CCPA regulations. Key rulemaking topics discussed at the board meeting included rules covering new topics such as rules related to automated decision-making and the CPRA’s new data protection assessment and auditing requirements.
CPPA executive director and staff to be appointed
With a little over nine months until the CPRA regulations are supposed to be finalized, the CPPA is still working on making key staff and leadership appointments. The Board recently held an all-day closed session to review and discuss the applications for the executive director post, indicating it may be close to making a decision on that leadership post. In the preceding open session, members discussed the Chief Privacy Auditor role and the requirements for that new position. As for staff, the Board noted that the Attorney General’s (AG) office already has 10 people dedicated to CCPA-related work and discussed hiring five retired state employees that are attorneys for part-time positions.
Extension of the July 1, 2022 rules deadline
With the CPRA rulemaking deadline looming on July 1, 2022, Board members expressed concern about the CPPA’s ability to draft, revise, and finalize a large number of new rules in the time that remains. Based on this concern, the Board discussed asking the legislature for an extension, enacting temporary “emergency” regulations, or adding grace periods for compliance with the new rules. Emergency rules would allow the CPPA to introduce new rules on an expedited basis while extending the final rulemaking beyond the July 1, 2022 deadline. …
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California AG marks the one-year anniversary of the CCPA’s enforcement with new activities
In preparation for the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), effective January 1, 2023, the California AG Rob Bonta has been actively enforcing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and providing updated guidance for consumers and businesses. The AG recently held a press conference to discuss enforcement proceedings brought by his office over the last year…
Significant privacy enforcement and rulemaking authority granted to Attorney General under Colorado’s Privacy Law
Colorado’s recently passed privacy act, the Colorado Privacy Act (CPA), is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2023, if signed into law by Governor Jared Polis. While the CPA is a comprehensive privacy act which provides certain rights to consumers regarding their personal data, it does not include a private right of action. It…
Recent report signals NIST may publish IoT cybersecurity standards
Although regulators seem to think all too often that cybersecurity is an after-thought for internet-connected device manufacturers, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recognizes that as the Internet of Things (IoT) grows, so do cybersecurity risks. In March 2021, NIST published several key takeaways from a recent workshop that provide helpful guidance for IoT manufacturers so that they can be more pro-active in securing IoT devices.
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