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SEC Proposes New Cybersecurity Reporting and Enhanced Standardized Disclosure

On March 9, 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules that would require current and periodic reporting of material cybersecurity incidents as well as more detailed disclosure of cybersecurity risk management, expertise, and governance. This alert summarizes the proposed changes, which are subject to public comment until the later of May 9, 2022 … Continue Reading

California Consumer Privacy Act: Industry, Advocate, and Enforcement Concerns and Legislative Amendments

On September 23, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB-1121, a bill that makes several amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA or the Act). The controversial privacy law, which is set to take effect in 2020, recently sparked a war of words among industry, privacy advocates, and the California Attorney General, each … Continue Reading

California Enacts Sweeping Privacy Law to Avert Potential Ballot Measure

In a surprising twist, the California legislature rushed last week to pass one of the most comprehensive privacy laws in the country. The bill was introduced only a week prior, and within hours of passage, it was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. As strict as the act is, it was enacted to avoid … Continue Reading

New FTC Report Recommends Steps to Improve Mobile Security Updates

In February 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report that explores the complexities of the mobile ecosystem and makes recommendations for industry to improve the mobile security update process for consumers. The report is part of the FTC’s effort to address concerns that mobile devices are not receiving the operating system patches they … Continue Reading

NAI Issues 2018 Update to Its Code of Conduct

On December 4, 2017, the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI), a self-regulatory body comprised of more than 100 digital advertising companies that collect and use consumer information for online behavioral advertising (OBA),1 issued an update to its Code of Conduct (the “Code”).  The Code imposes notice, choice, accountability, data security, and use limitation requirements on NAI … Continue Reading

Post-Spokeo Jurisdictional Divide Continues as Northern District of California Rejects TransUnion’s Lack of Standing Argument

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, holding that a plaintiff bears the burden of establishing Article III standing by alleging an injury in fact that is concrete, particularized, and actual or imminent.1 The Court stated that “Article III standing requires a concrete injury even in the context … Continue Reading

FTC Cracks Down on Lead Generation Company’s Indiscriminate Sharing of Consumers’ Sensitive Data

On July 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had settled charges that defendants Blue Global, an operator of dozens of consumer loan lead generation websites, and its founder and CEO, Christopher Kay, violated the FTC Act. The FTC alleges that the defendants had, among other practices, misled consumers about Blue Global’s … Continue Reading

FAST Act Eases GLBA Compliance Burdens for Many Companies, Addresses Transportation and Infrastructure Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues

President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) into law on December 4, 2015. The FAST Act not only provides long-term funding for highway and infrastructure improvements and other transportation projects, but also includes several privacy- and security-related provisions, including an important provision that may reduce consumer confusion and industry compliance costs … Continue Reading

Privacy and Data Security Due Diligence

This article is the third in a series of articles that discuss the importance of privacy and data security considerations in the transactional context. In any transaction in which an entity invests in or acquires another business or its assets, the investing or acquiring entity (the “Acquiror”) should fully evaluate its counterparty (the “Company”), the … Continue Reading

Navigating Public Company Cybersecurity Obligations: Advising Boards and Disclosing to Investors

This article is the second in a series of articles that discuss the importance of privacy and data security considerations in the transactional context. In light of numerous costly security breaches affecting disparate sectors of the American economy, public companies—ranging from merchants like Target Corporation and The Home Depot to technology firms like Adobe Systems, … Continue Reading

Privacy and Data Security in Transactions: What’s the Deal?

This article is the first in a series of articles that will discuss the importance of privacy and data security considerations in the transactional context. Data privacy and data security continued to capture headlines and boardroom attention in 2014, as the EU “right to be forgotten” ruling, the Sony cyberattack,1 new laws and lawsuits, and … Continue Reading

Proposed California Law Would Impose Data Breach Liability on Retailers and Create More Stringent Data Security Requirements for Businesses

A proposed California law, the Consumer Data Breach Protection Act (A.B. 1710),1 has the potential to upend the calculus of determining liability after retail data breaches, create additional data security requirements for retailers and other consumer-facing businesses operating in California, and establish new standards for data breach reporting for breaches affecting California residents. The bill, … Continue Reading

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Settles California Attorney General Charges over Delayed Data Breach Notification

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (Kaiser) recently agreed to settle charges brought by California Attorney General Kamala Harris alleging that Kaiser, a component of Kaiser Permanente, the largest health maintenance organization in the U.S., violated California’s unfair competition law by taking too long to notify more than 20,000 current and former employees that their personal … Continue Reading

National Rent-to-Own Company Settles FTC Charges of Enabling Computer Spying by Franchisees

On October 22, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a proposed settlement of a case against Aaron’s, Inc., a national rent-to-own retailer with more than 1,800 locations in 48 states, having alleged that Aaron’s knowingly played a direct and vital role in its franchisees’ installation and use of software on rental computers that secretly … Continue Reading

California Extends Security Breach Notification Requirements to Online Account Credentials

California, which enacted the pioneering security breach notification law in 2002, again has taken the lead in security breach notification legislation. In an effort to protect consumers against unauthorized access to their online accounts, California has extended its security breach notification law to cover individuals’ online account credentials (i.e., a user name or email address, … Continue Reading

Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Guidance on the Application of Its Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment

New Self-Regulatory Guidance Joins Other Privacy and Transparency-Related Considerations for Participants in the Mobile Ecosystem On July 24, 2013, the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), comprised of the largest media and marketing trade associations in the U.S., released new guidance regarding mobile and other devices (Mobile Guidance).1 The Mobile Guidance explains how the DAA’s existing Self-Regulatory … Continue Reading
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