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Changes in State Data Privacy Laws to Become Effective Soon

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. We previously reported on Texas House Bill 300 that was signed into law last year.  The new law presents stricter requirements for health privacy and data breach notification obligations.  That law is set to become effective September 1, 2012.  Two types of entities will be primarily affected by the law: “Covered … Continue Reading

Electric Grid Cyber Threat Concerns Raised Last Week During an Intense Push for General Cybersecurity Legislation

This post was also written by Amy Mushahwar. Since three cyber security bills passed the House in April (H.R.2096, H.R.3523, and H.R.3834), all eyes have been on Washington for cyber security developments in the Senate. This past week there were several. The week began with a hearing on Tuesday, July 17, by the U.S. Senate … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Finalizes Its Privacy Framework: DOC Steams Ahead with Privacy Regulatory Blueprint in the Absence of Federal Privacy Legislation

This post was also written by Christopher G. Cwalina and Amy S. Mushahwar. Today, in a ceremony with much fanfare, Secretary of Commerce John Bryson and Federal Trade Commission Chairman John Liebowitz outlined the Obama administration’s privacy blueprint for a “consumer bill of rights.” Shortly thereafter, the Department of Commerce released its long-awaited consumer privacy … Continue Reading

Privacy Ratings: Do They Mean Anything?

This post was also written by Chris Cwalina, Nick Tyler and Frederick Lah. Consumers increasingly demand transparency into how companies use their personal information. We’ve seen a number of responses to this. One has been legislative; for example, the accounting requirement under the Dodd-Frank Act and California’s Shine the Light Act. For our previous analysis of … Continue Reading

Markey Releases Discussion Draft of the Mobile Device Privacy Act

This post was written by Amy S. Mushahwar. Today, in response to the controversy surrounding cellphone tracking software from Carrier IQ, U.S. Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) released a draft of a cellphone privacy bill. As background, the Carrier IQ software first made headlines in November, when a researcher posted a YouTube video claiming to show … 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

Judge Rules IP Address Does Not Identify User

This post was also written by Chris Cwalina and Frederick Lah. In VPR Internationale v. Does 1-1017 (C.D. Ill.), Judge Baker opined that Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses do not — by themselves — qualify as personal information, capable of accurately identifying an individual. While this decision is a landmark ruling for the mass-BitTorrent lawsuits in … Continue Reading

Canadian Court Finds Reasonable Expectation of Privacy on Work Computers

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. Standards for determining whether an employee has privacy rights with respect to an employer-issued communications device continue to develop. The analysis continues to be grounded in a detailed, fact-specific analysis of what the employee has been told, and permitted to do, by the employer. Recently, the Court of … Continue Reading

Indian Government discussing BlackBerry ban: “security more important than privacy”

A few days following the concession made by BlackBerry manufacturers, Research in Motion (RIM), to provide Indian security agencies access to their encrypted data, India’s Home Minister P. Chidambaram held “security to be more important than privacy”. Security concerns in India have certainly risen following the terror attack on Mumbai in November 2008, the worsening … Continue Reading
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