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California Attorney General Announces More Active Role in Dealing with Data Breaches, and Helpful Guide for Small Business

On Thursday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced heightened enforcement concerning data breaches, reports USAToday. AG Harris’ office also issued a Guide that provides recommendations to California businesses, particularly small businesses, to help them protect against and respond to the increasing threat of malware, data breaches and other cyber risks. The circumstances are certainly threatening for small business. According to… Continue Reading

NY Times Article Highlights State Action on Privacy

The New York Times published an interesting front page article by Somini Sengupta on October 31, 2013 about the growing trend of state legislative action on privacy issues, noting that over two dozen privacy laws have passed this year in more than 10 states. The piece also notes that the “patchwork of rules across the country” is… Continue Reading

How Do I Track Thee? Let Me Count The Ways.

Prepared by Ann Haley Fromholz California law soon may require commercial websites that collect personal data to disclose how they respond to "Do Not Track" signals from Web browsers. AB 370, an amendment to the California Online Privacy Protection Act (Act), which was sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris, passed the California Senate and Assembly at the… Continue Reading

California Considers Broader and Tougher Data Disclosure Requirements for Use of Customer Personal Information

By:  Lillian Chaves Moon In the face of increasing incidences of and rising public concern regarding identity theft, the California Legislature is considering a bill with new personal information data disclosure requirements for California businesses and a broad definition of what constitutes personal information. California Assembly Bill 1291, would require businesses who have customer personal… Continue Reading

Privacy on the Go: California’s Recommendations for Mobile Device/App Privacy and Security

In 2012, California took significant steps to increase privacy protections for users of mobile applications (apps) which involved working with companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft. In July 2012, the Attorney General created the Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit, with the mission of protecting the inalienable right to privacy conferred by the… Continue Reading

Don’t Mess With Texas–Amended Law Imposes Breach Notification Obligations In All 50 States

In a novel approach to data breach notification requirements, Texas has amended its breach notification law (Business & Commerce Code, Section 521.053) to require notification to residents of not only Texas, but to residents of each of the 50 states.  The amendment becomes effective September 1, 2012, and applies to “all persons who conduct business… Continue Reading

California and Massachusetts Legislatures Push Data Breach and Security Bills

In distinct efforts to strengthen data security requirements, the California and Massachusetts legislatures recently passed bills affecting data breach notification requirements and data security notification, respectively.   On April 14, 2011, the California senate approved S.B. 24, requiring California businesses and agencies to notify the state attorney general if more than 500 California residents are notified… Continue Reading

California allows “driver cams” starting in 2011

In the name of vehicle safety, California Assembly Bill 1942 will permit among other things “driver cams” to be mounted on vehicle windshields beginning on January 1, 2011. Formally known as “video event recorders,” these devices can continuously record audio, video, and G-force levels in a digital loop in order to help identify bad driver… Continue Reading

California Bill Would Strengthen Existing Breach Notification Law

Update – On September 29, 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for the third time vetoed S.B. 1166. California led the way in 2002 when it enacted the nation’s first data breach notification law. Last week, the State’s lawmakers sent Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger S.B. 1166 (pdf), which would mandate that data breach notification communications include more detailed… Continue Reading

Keylogging–Jurisdictions at Odds Over Privacy Concerns

Keystroke logging (or “keylogging”) is the noting (or logging) of the keys struck on a computer keyboard. Typically, this is done secretly, so  the keyboard user is unaware his activities are being monitored. Several cases throughout the country have examined an employer’s use of keylogging.  Recently, the Criminal Court of the City of New York held… Continue Reading

WISPs Beyond Massachusetts

Over the past few months, many businesses, particularly in the Northeast Region, have been focusing on creating a written information security program (WISP) to comply with Massachusetts identity theft regulations that went into effect March 1, 2010. For many, this has been a significant effort, reaching most, if not all, parts of their organizations. However,… Continue Reading

Texting & Sexting – Supreme Court to Consider Employees’ Expectation of Privacy in Text Messages

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent grant of certiorari in City of Ontario, Ontario Police Department, and Lloyd Scharf v. Jeff Quon, et al. highlights the effects new technologies continue to have on workplace privacy issues. One issue the Court will consider is whether a California police department violated the privacy of one of its officers… Continue Reading