Tag Archives: privacy

CCPA Expansion Proposed

On Monday, Feb. 25, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, together with Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D), announced Senate Bill 561 to amend the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Most significantly, SB 561 would effectively eliminate the AG’s responsibility to provide guidance to businesses on how to comply with the CCPA while simultaneously expanding the right of … Continue Reading

The Use of Smart Speakers in Healthcare

Smart speakers are voice-activated, internet-connected devices with an integrated virtual assistant that can answer questions, follow instructions and control other smart devices. Nearly one in five U.S. adults has access to a smart speaker, and it has been estimated that in 2018, the number of smart speakers installed reached 100 million worldwide. Using voice recognition, … Continue Reading

“No Deal” Brexit May Bring Practical Problems for Privacy and Data Protection

With a “No Deal” Brexit seeming more likely than ever after the UK Parliament voted down a proposed deal in January 2019, concerns are rapidly multiplying about the effects of such a withdrawal from the EU for organizations doing business in the UK, and how those organizations will address numerous practical issues, privacy and data … Continue Reading

Public Forums on the California Consumer Privacy Act Continue in Los Angeles – Rulemaking to Follow

The public forums on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), held by the California Attorney General (AG) and the Department of Justice, continued on Friday, Jan. 25, in Los Angeles, California. At the forum, speakers had a brief opportunity to provide their comments on the CCPA. Prior to opening up the floor to members of … Continue Reading

Advocate General Opinion Supports Limiting the “Right to be Forgotten” to the EU

On January 10, Advocate General Maciej Szpunar released an opinion recommending that Google and other search engines should not be forced to apply the EU’s “right to be forgotten” beyond the EU.  The advocates general assist the judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), providing independent legal solutions to issues presented … Continue Reading

New FTC Provides Insights Into Its Plan for a Balanced Approach to Data Privacy and Security

This year brought unprecedented focus on consumer privacy – the rollout of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Cambridge Analytica controversy and Congressional hearings, a GDPR-light law coming out of California, more and bigger security incidents, and multiple proposals for an omnibus federal data protection law. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or … Continue Reading

Controversial Australian Encryption Act Denounced by Privacy and Cryptography Advocates

Last week, Australia’s parliament passed a controversial act that will enable law enforcement and intelligence agencies to compel access to encrypted communications. In an explanatory memorandum, the Australian Parliament stated that the new act, the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018, is intended to combat “the challenges posed by ubiquitous encryption.” … Continue Reading

Connecting the Dots Between Security Practices and Legal Obligations: California’s Connected Devices Bill

Turning on the lights, hearing the weather forecast, learning fun facts, and playing your favorite song in the kitchen are simple when one can give short voice commands to a personal assistant device that is connected to the internet and to other devices in your home. Connected devices are increasingly being used in the home, … Continue Reading

FTC Takes Action Against Individual Social Media Influencers

Advertisers’ and brands’ use of social media influencers has continued to grow in importance as brands seek to reach new consumers while marketing to a widespread demographic. Traditionally, influencers are known as people who leverage their social media presence to endorse or promote a brand or product for some form of compensation. As influencers have … Continue Reading

Uber Settles With FTC Over Allegedly Deceptive Privacy And Data Security Practices

Uber, the ride-hailing giant, agreed this week to implement a comprehensive privacy program and to undergo 20 years of privacy and data security audits in order to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that Uber did not keep its promises to protect customer data. The FTC had alleged two separate failures by Uber: … Continue Reading

Babies and Baby-making, or Not… Privacy and Security Lessons for the Internet of Things

What do babies, sex toys and wireless head phones have in common? Apparently, the privacy concerns of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state AGs and legislatures, class action plaintiffs, and consumer advocacy groups, at least when it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT refers to consumer devices that are connected, directly or … Continue Reading

Mobile Ad Co Settles with FTC Over Allegations of Deceptive Geolocation Tracking And Children’s Privacy Violations for $4 Million

On June 22, 2016, mobile advertising company InMobi Private Ltd. settled Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) claims of violations of Section 5 of the FTC Act, and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and Rule (COPPA), for $4 million.  The violations of COPPA supported the monetary penalty since, unlike Section 5, COPPA provides for … Continue Reading

FTC Prosecutes Serving of Behavior Ads on Kids’ Apps

The Federal Trade Commission reminded publishers and advertisers recently that the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prohibits data collection, absent verified parental consent, for behavioral (interest-based) advertising on websites or mobile apps directed at children under 13. App publisher TapBlaze paid $60,000 and entered into a 20-year consent (available here) to settle charges. The revised … Continue Reading

OIG Emphasizes Proactive Enforcement of Privacy Rule and Monitoring of Repeat Offenders

The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) recently released Privacy Standards report assessed the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) oversight of covered entities’ compliance with the Privacy Rule as well as the extent to which Medicare Part B providers are aware of HIPAA privacy standards. To that end, the OIG found that Part B providers fell … Continue Reading

FTC Director Jessica Rich Discusses Privacy and Data Security at BakerHostetler Symposium

On February 26, 2015, Jessica L. Rich, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, spoke at the BakerHostetler Symposium on Section 5 of the FTC Act on how the FTC approaches privacy and data security. Director Rich’s comments on this subject were particularly timely, with the Third Circuit poised to … Continue Reading

Time for an Updated Cyber Risk Approach; BPI Data Breach

Authored by Judy Selby and George Viegas* Our traditional approach to cyber risk and security has been focused on privacy and financial data. The data breach or loss concerns that typically rank high on our risk ratings are private and confidential data like names and social security numbers with other identifying non-public information and financial data … Continue Reading

Law360 Names BakerHostetler “Privacy Practice Group of the Year”

BakerHostetler’s Privacy and Data Protection team has been named a Law360 “Practice Group of the Year” for the size, importance, and complexity of its wins and work mitigating reputational and financial risks for clients. This is the second year in a row Law360 has recognized the Privacy team, which is co-led by Partner and Law360 MVP Ted Kobus and … Continue Reading

Vendor Contract Review and Cyber Risk Mitigation: How to Keep it Drama Free

Editor’s Note: We recently launched a graphic illustrating our Cyber Risk Mitigation Services. This week, our attorneys will be writing about specific examples of those services. Vendor contract review—what does that mean to you? Does it bring back bad memories? A last minute scramble to close a deal? Capitulating to oppressive limits on liability to meet … Continue Reading

Why Worry About a Little Skimmer?

Merchants—rightfully so—are worried about securing their payment card environments so that their name does not appear in a headline discussing how millions of cards were stolen from them. Faced with the challenge of evaluating the use of P2PE and tokenization, the conversion necessary to prepare for the October 2015 EMV liability shift, reading the tea … Continue Reading

FTC Workshop Addresses New Data Privacy Issues Concerning Consumer Generated Health Data

On May 7, 2014, the FTC hosted the latest seminar in their Spring Privacy Series to address the status of Consumer Generated and Controlled Health Data and relate results of recent FTC studies on the topic.  Consumers are embracing new technologies, particularly in the fitness domain and are generating vast amounts of “health data” both … Continue Reading

Big Data and Power Asymmetries: Recent White House Report Addresses Opportunities and Challenges Created by Increasingly Interconnected Technologies

In the latest round of reactions to the Edward Snowden leak, on May 1, 2014, the Obama Administration called for the United States to take a leading role in developing new standards for privacy protections in light of the ongoing “social, economic, and technological revolution.”  In a report titled “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values,”  … Continue Reading

Ill Conceived California Privacy Bill Threatens Viability Of Commercial Educational Online Services

SB 1177, the Student Online Privacy Protection Act was recently introduced in the California legislature.  This is a bad bill for the private educational industry, and ultimately for parents and students.  It would drastically expand the privacy protections of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and state equivalents, which impose reasonable limits on … Continue Reading
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