Tag Archives: Personal Information

An interview with North Carolina AG Josh Stein

Check out this month’s edition of The Privacy Advisor, a publication of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), for Divonne Smoyer and Kimberly Chow’s Q&A with North Carolina Attorney General (AG) Josh Stein. Throughout his tenure as AG, Stein has shown a clear commitment to data privacy and security through his advocacy for strong … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit finds dissemination, but not mere existence, of inaccurate information in government database satisfies Article III standing requirement post-Spokeo

“[I]f inaccurate information falls into a government database, does it make a sound?” Partly affirming summary judgment for the defendant in Owner-Operator Indep. Drivers Ass’n, v. DOT, No. 16-5355 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 12, 2018), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit answered its own question in the negative and held that a handful … Continue Reading

AvMed Agrees to Pay $3 Million to Data Security Breach Class Members; Size of Payments Linked to Years as Customer

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. Earlier this week, a data breach class action brought against health insurance provider AvMed, Inc. came one step closer to resolution when plaintiffs filed their unopposed motion for preliminary approval of the class action settlement. The parties filed a joint notice of settlement back in September, but details … Continue Reading

Court Rules That Technical Violations of Michigan Video Rental Privacy Act Give Rise to $5,000 Per Person in Statutory Damages, Alleged Violation Enough to Stay in Federal Court

A Michigan federal judge has held that plaintiffs could proceed in federal court on their claims under the Video Rental Privacy Act (VRPA), a state law akin to the federal Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA). The ruling came in three similar putative class actions that alleged Bauer Publishing Co., Hearst Communications, Inc, and Time, Inc., … Continue Reading

China’s first national privacy protection guideline in effect as of 1 February

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue and Zack Dong. On 1 February 2013, China’s first set of Personal Data Protection guidelines, the Guidelines for Personal Information Protection in Information Security Technology Public and Commercial Service Systems (the “Guidelines”), came into effect. The Guidelines were issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”), … 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

Judge Narrows App Litigation, But Lets Plaintiffs Press On

This post was also written by Christopher G. Cwalina. A recent decision in ongoing litigation over mobile application practices shows how difficult the defense of privacy class actions can be. Even if the defense wins dismissal of some causes of action, the survival of any cause of action may force the defendant into costly discovery. On … Continue Reading

New Jersey Appeals Court Holds that Defendant Who Often Shared Cell Phone Number Did Not Have Reasonable Privacy Interest in Cell Phone Number

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. Last week, the New Jersey Appellate Division affirmed a lower court’s decision that a defendant did not have a reasonable privacy interest in his cell phone number. Defendant was a middle school teacher who had a sexual encounter with a student when the student was 13 years old. A … Continue Reading

The Balancing Act Between Individual Privacy and Public Policies Favoring Open Public Records: NJ Appellate Court Orders Disclosure of Names and Addresses of Senior Citizens

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. A New Jersey appellate court has affirmed a lower court’s order requiring a county to make available an unredacted list of names and mailing addresses of senior citizens pursuant to the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The list at issue was compiled by the County of Union … Continue Reading

‘Shine the Light’ Class Action Litigation Heats Up in California

This post was also written by Joshua B. Marker and Christopher G. Cwalina. Increasingly, consumers demand to know how the businesses they patronize use, share, and disclose personal information. California’s Shine the Light Act, California Civil Code 1798.83, is intended to meet this demand for transparency. The Shine the Light Act provides California residents a statutory … Continue Reading

Does “Public” Privacy Exist?

This post was also written by John Hines, and Frederick Lah. Just how much privacy are we entitled to in public places, such as public highways and buses, classrooms, restaurants, or even on the Internet? While we expect to lose some sense of privacy when we move into public spaces, does this mean that we should … Continue Reading
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