Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a proposed rule that would regulate a broad range of “junk fees” in consumer goods and services, from resort fees associated with travel and lodging, to delivery fees associated with meal and grocery delivery, to convenience fees associated with financial services (the proposed rule). The proposed rule would generally prohibit the omission of mandatory fees from advertised prices. If finalized, violations of the proposed rule could result in civil penalties of up to $50,120 per violation. The public has 60 days to comment after the proposal is published in the Federal Register.Continue Reading FTC Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Requiring Disclosure of Fees in Consumer Goods and Services

On September 21, 2023, the UK Government announced the establishment of the “UK-US data bridge” (the Bridge), also known as the UK Extension to the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework (the DPF). The announcement promises to simplify compliance issues surrounding the transfer of personal data from the UK to the U.S.Continue Reading UK-U.S. Data Bridge Commencement Date Announced

Significant New CCPA Compliance Requirements Likely on the Way

On August 29, 2023, the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) posted discussion drafts of its forthcoming regulations on cybersecurity audits and risk assessments as part of the materials for its September 8, 2023, public board meeting. These draft regulations are expected to eventually become part of the CPPA’s second rulemaking package under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) since the CCPA’s amendment by the California Privacy Rights Act. The CPPA has not yet started its formal rulemaking process for cybersecurity audits and risk assessments, and it has made clear that these draft regulations are meant to facilitate CPPA Board discussion and public participation. Nevertheless, the obligations set forth in the draft rules are extensive and provide an initial window into the onerous new compliance requirements. Notable requirements put forth for discussion under the draft regulations include:Continue Reading CPPA Posts Draft Rules on Cybersecurity Audits and Risk Assessments

On August 9, 2023, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) released a joint position paper (the Paper) focused on “harmful” website design practices that may “trick” consumers into giving more access to their personal information. The Paper is targeted at web designers and developers, and it will be particularly relevant to consumer-facing organizations that target the UK market. It builds on joint work that the ICO and CMA have been engaged in since May 2021, when the regulators issued a joint statement promising a “joined up approach to regulation.” Announcing the Paper’s release, the ICO also revealed that it will be assessing cookie banners of the most frequently used websites in the UK, with a view to taking action against harmful designs.Continue Reading UK Regulators Signal Increased Focus on “Damaging” Website Design Practices

On July 26, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it adopted final rules requiring disclosure by public companies of material cybersecurity incidents in a Current Report on Form 8-K, and of material information regarding their cybersecurity risk management, strategy, and governance in an Annual Report on Form 10-K. Foreign private issuers will be required to make comparable disclosures on Forms 6-K and 20-F. Set forth below is a brief summary of the final rules; a more detailed client alert will follow.Continue Reading SEC Adopts Cybersecurity Disclosure Rules