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Another Day, another large BIPA Settlement

It appears Snap has become the most recent company to pay a settlement for alleged violations of Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”).  The law, which gives consumers a private right of action, has become a popular class action and source of significant penalties.  Indeed, Snap joins a string of other companies that have already … Continue reading

Congress Agrees – 72-Hour Cyber Incident Reporting Requirement to Take Effect

On March 15, 2022, President Biden signed an omnibus spending bill into law, which, in part, requires companies to report cyber incidents and ransom payments.  The relevant portions of the law, titled the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022 (“Act”) proposes reporting requirements for incidents, establishes new programs to curtail ransomware attacks … Continue reading

Illinois Supreme Court Rules that Compensation Act is not a bar to BIPA Damages

Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) is considered the most comprehensive law governing the processing of biometric data. Passed in 2008, BIPA sets out requirements for private entities, including employers, that collect, use, store, and share biometric information.  It’s also one of the most popular class action suits today – hundreds, if not thousands of … Continue reading

Connecticut tightens its data breach notification laws

Effective October 1, 2021, an amendment[1] to the Connecticut General Statute concerning data privacy breaches, Section 36a-701b, will impact notification obligations in several significant ways. The amendment: Expands the definition of “personal information”; Shortens the notification deadline after discovery of a breach from 90 to 60 days; Removes the requirement to consult with law enforcement … Continue reading

Nine States Pass New And Expanded Data Breach Notification Laws

In the absence of federal action, states have been actively passing new and expanded requirements for privacy and cybersecurity (see some examples here and here). While laws like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) are getting all the attention, many states are actively amending their breach notification laws. Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New … Continue reading

Cybersecurity and the SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) may not be the first agency that comes to mind with respect to cybersecurity, but the SEC has been in the headlines recently with respect to cyber fraud in particular. Earlier this month, the SEC promulgated a report urging companies to take preventive measures against cyber fraud.… Continue reading

California Consumer Privacy Act blog series: Covered entities

This is the Data Protection Report’s second post in a series of blog posts that will break down the major elements of the CCPA which will culminate in a webinar on the CCPA in October. This blog focuses on covered entities. Stay tuned for additional posts and information about our upcoming webinar on the CCPA. … Continue reading

FERC issues notice of proposed rulemaking to extend reporting requirements for cyberattacks targeting the energy sector

On July 23 and 25, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) held public briefings about an attempt by a state-sponsored Russian hacking group to target control systems for U.S. electrical grids and power plants. DHS’ webinar explained that the hackers obtained access to vendors providing computer services to electric utilities companies. This initial … Continue reading

US Supreme Court expands digital privacy rights in Carpenter v. United States

On June 22, 2018, the US Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Carpenter v. United States,  holding that the federal government needs a warrant to access cellphone location records. In the decision, the Court agreed that there should be a higher standard for accessing location records due to their intrusive nature.… Continue reading

Uber as a HIPAA business associate

Uber recently announced the launch of Uber Health, a non-emergency ride service that allows healthcare providers to schedule and pay for transportation for their patients. The stated purpose of the service is to expand medical transportation to traditionally underserved areas. Roughly 3.6 million Americans miss medical appointments each year due to lack of reliable transportation, contributing to the … Continue reading
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