Tag Archives: California

California toughens law governing subscription auto-renewals

Since California enacted its Automatic Purchase Renewals Law (APRL) in 2010, the plaintiffs’ class action bar has been active in suing companies with subscription-based services for their alleged failures to comply with the APRL requirements. The lawsuits stem from the alleged failure to comply with the disclosure, consent, and acknowledgment requirements applicable to many types … Continue Reading

“Privacy First Policy” to be on November ballot in San Francisco

San Francisco voters will decide on November 6, 2018, whether to enact the city’s “Privacy First Policy” that intends to protect the personal information of residents and visitors from misuse by companies doing business in San Francisco. The policy builds upon the California Consumer Privacy Act passed in June 2018, which gives consumers various rights, … Continue Reading

California’s unanimously passed privacy bill takes its cues from the EU’s GDPR and may significantly shift the legal landscape in the U.S.

California’s new privacy law, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (AB 375), will go into effect on January 1, 2020. The law expands privacy rights, provides California consumers with more control over the personal information that businesses collect on them, and includes civil penalties and statutory damages for noncompliance. While the new privacy law … Continue Reading

New California AG Appointed with Possibilities for Privacy Enforcement

With the election of current California Attorney General Kamala Harris to the U.S. Senate, Governor Jerry Brown was tasked with appointing her replacement. On December 1, he announced that his pick is U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra, head of the House Democratic caucus. Becerra was first elected to the House in 1992 and has also served … Continue Reading

Data Security Threats Are on the Rise in the Golden State, According to California Attorney General Kamala Harris

This post was also written by Maytak Chin. A California attorney general’s report released this month shows that data security threats are on the rise in the Golden State. Against a backdrop of increasing security breaches, the report recommends best practices for companies to adopt as a way to reduce their vulnerabilities and to better protect … Continue Reading

California Attorney General Issues Recommendations for Privacy Policies and Do Not Track Disclosures

This post was also written by Paul H. Cho. On May 21, 2014, the California Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, issued her long-awaited guidance for complying with the California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”).  “Making Your Privacy Practices Public,” which can be found here, provides specific recommendations on how businesses are to comply with CalOPPA’s requirements to … Continue Reading

CA Legislators Demand the Right To Be Forgotten (Quickly): Bill Targets Social Media

This post was also written by Joshua B. Marker. California continues to be among the most aggressive states in proposing legislation restricting disclosure of personal identifying information. Earlier this month, California Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D) introduced SB 501, known as the Social Networking Privacy Act, which would require social networking websites to remove certain … Continue Reading

More Light or More Heat? California’s Proposed ‘Right to Know Act’ Expands Shine the Light Requirements, May Expand Liability

This post was also written by Joshua B. Marker. California legislators have proposed revisions to the Shine the Light Act, which we first wrote about here. Under pending legislation, the Shine the Light Act would be renamed the “Right to Know Act of 2013,” with significantly expanded reach and requirements. If the proposed amendment passes, … Continue Reading

Proposed Amendment Seeks to Pack More Punch Behind California’s “Shine the Light” Law

This post was also written by Joshua B. Marker. A proposed amendment to California’s “Shine the Light” law seeks to require companies to disclose more detailed information about their data-sharing practices, while giving consumers the ability to bring class action lawsuits under the legislation. Presently, Shine the Light requires companies doing business with California residents to … Continue Reading

Mobile Privacy Best Practices: California Continues To Push Compliance

This post was also written by Joshua B. Marker and Timothy Nagle. With the start of the new year, California has continued its push to take a leadership role in the realm of mobile privacy. The attorney general’s office recently released a mobile privacy best practices document, “Privacy On The Go: Recommendations For The Mobile … Continue Reading

California Reins in Retail Marketing

This post was written by Joshua Marker. Catalog and retail marketing in California just got a little bit trickier. No longer can retailers require that a customer provide a ZIP code to complete a credit card transaction, and this may impede the ability of many retailers to generate in-store marketing leads. On February 10, 2011, … Continue Reading
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