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Kick the CCPA Compliance Program Back Into Gear

September 8, 2020 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Natalie Prescott

2020 “back to school” has a whole new meaning in the age of COVID-19.   Now, it is finally time for companies to take compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) off the back burner and implement policies and procedures and processes.  The California Attorney General’s final regulations are in place and approved (“Final Regulations”), and ready for enforcement. 
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Last week, the plaintiffs in three related children’s privacy class actions sought preliminary approval of proposed settlements with sixteen defendants in those coordinated actions.  The matters—known as the Kiloo Action, the Disney Action, and the Viacom Action—are pending in the Northern District of California, case numbers 3:17-CV-04344-JD; 3:17-CV-4419-JD; 3:17-CV-4492-JD. 
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The California Legislature has passed AB-1281 over to the Governor’s desk, approving the continuation of an exemption for personal information collected in the employment context and certain information collected in the course of a business-to-business (B2B) transaction or about B2B-related personnel.  
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California Attorney General Becerra announced Friday afternoon that the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) had approved the final CCPA regulations his office submitted to the OAL in June, and that the review process is complete.   This means that the CCPA Regulations go into effect immediately. 
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The New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) has announced its first enforcement action of NYDFS’ Cybersecurity Regulation, Part 500 of Title 23 (“Cybersecurity Regulation”) against First American Title Insurance Company (“First American”), a leading title insurance provider. 
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Organizations that transfer personal data from the European Union on the basis of the EU Commission-approved Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) may be breathing a sigh of relief on hearing that the SCCs have been upheld by the EU’s top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union in its decision in the Schrems II case.   However, the 5,378 US organizations that have certified to Privacy Shield will be deeply disappointed that the Court has invalidated Privacy Shield with immediate effect, just as it did Safe Harbor in 2015. 
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At present, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) has “temporary” (and limited) exemptions for the application of portions of the CCPA to personal data collected in the course of business-to-business transactions (Section 1798.145(o)) and that of employees and job applicants (Section 1798.145(h).   Both sections will sunset on January 1, 2021 without further action from the Legislature.
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Does your organization transfer personal data from the European Union to the US?  If so, keep an eye out for a key decision on July 16 from the EU’s top court, the Court of Justice of the European Union.  The Schrems II case presents a challenge to the validity of the Standard Contractual Clauses, EU Commission-approved contracts that are widely used to satisfy the GDPR’s requirements for exporting personal data from the EU to other countries. 
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Today’s The Day: CCPA Enforcement Begins

July 1, 2020 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose

As we’ve been writing about in this space for some time, today marks the opening of the CCPA enforcement era.  Despite protestations from the business community, and requests for delay due to the lack of regulations until early June and the ongoing COVID-19 state of emergency, AG Xavier Becerra declined to extend the deadline, saying “Businesses have had since January 1 to comply with the law, and we are committed to enforcing it starting July 1.”
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Just as businesses are gearing up for the start of enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), California cleared the way for the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”). The CPRA is an initiative imposing greater privacy restrictions on businesses holding consumer data, to be voted on as part of California’s November 2020 ballot.
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NIST Provides Important Guidance For IOT Industry

June 22, 2020 | Blog | By Brian Lam

More prevalent than ever before, Internet of Things (“IOT”) devices, a term that includes connected “smart” devices, such as internet connected TVs, wearables, smart speakers, such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home, are fast becoming a staple of how we interact with each other, and obtain and consume entertainment and information.
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In a proposed class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Google is facing a potential $5 billion dollar class action for alleged privacy law violations.  The complaint alleges that millions of Google users have been impacted and asks for damages of at least $5,000 per harmed individual.  Implicated are multiple Google offerings, including Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager, website plug-ins, and the Google Sign-In button leveraged by many websites.
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A New CCPA Data Breach Lawsuit Is “Minted”

June 17, 2020 | Blog | By Natalie Prescott, Cynthia Larose

Online stationery and craft company Minted Inc. has been hit with a CCPA class action lawsuit, stemming from a massive data breach the company disclosed in late May.  The proposed class action lawsuit, filed in a California federal court, claims that Minted Inc. failed to implement “reasonable security measures” and to properly encrypt certain personal information.
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Tracking Kids Through Your App? Think Again.

June 15, 2020 | Blog | By Elana R. Safner

Klepto Cats and Dogs have been “stealing” children’s personal information without parental consent and using it for targeted advertising. Bad dog! Well, almost. HyperBeard, Inc., a developer of apps popular with children under 13 years old – including games like BunnyBuns, Chichens, MonkeyNauts, NomNoms, KleptoCats, and KleptoDogs – is in trouble with the FTC for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“COPPA Rule”).  
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The B.O.T. Act went into effect in California last year. This law regulates “bots,” which are defined as “automated online account[s] where all or substantially all of the actions or posts of that account are not the result of a person.” Watch this 1-minute video explaining the B.O.T. law.
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BIPA prohibits the unlawful collection and storing of biometric information and has very strict requirements. It broadly defines “biometric information” to include retina scans, iris scans, fingerprints, palm prints, voice recognition, facial-geometry recognition, DNA recognition, gait recognition, and scent recognition. Watch this 2-minute video explaining what you need to know about BIPA, how BIPA penalties work, and which states are looking to follow its lead.
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This blog post focuses on the Illinois Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act (“AIVIA”). Watch this 2-minute video explaining what AIVIA means for companies in the new digital world and in the COVID-19 remote environment. 
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This post focuses on the California Consumer Protection Act of 2018 (the “CCPA”).  The CCPA went into effect on January 1, 2020, and its enforcement is set to begin on July 1, 2020.  We are already seeing a wave of privacy class actions with CCPA allegations and the resulting litigation trends. Watch this 3-minute video highlighting what you need to know about the CCPA, when it applies, and what consumer rights the companies must honor for California residents.
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In these latest series of blog posts focusing on privacy litigation trends, we discuss four key privacy laws that will impact U.S.-based companies in 2020-2021. These laws are especially relevant for companies seeking to employ Artificial Intelligence (“AI”). Watch this 3-minute video explaining these key privacy laws.
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