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California AG Targets Mobile Apps for Failing to Honor or Provide Mechanism for Opt-Out Requests

On January 27, 2023, the California Attorney General (California AG) Rob Bonta announced an “investigative sweep” of mobile apps in retail, travel, and food service industries for failing to provide a mechanism for—or honor—consumers’ opt-out requests to stop selling their data under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). According to the California AG’s tweet, the … Continue Reading

CJEU Finds That Companies Must Provide Individuals with the Identity of Data Recipients When Responding to Data Access Requests

On January 12, 2023, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled1 that the data subject’s right of access to personal data2 requires controllers to provide the data subject with the identity of the companies that they have shared or will share data with. This is a sharp departure from current market practice since many … Continue Reading

Colorado Attorney General’s Office Releases Modified Draft Rules for Colorado Privacy Act: Key Takeaways

On December 21, 2022, the Colorado Attorney General’s office published an updated version of proposed draft rules (“modified draft rules”) to the Colorado Privacy Act (ColoPA), which revise the initial draft rules issued in October 2022, based on feedback received during the prior comment period.1 Notably, the Colorado Attorney General’s office explained that it modified some of the rules to … Continue Reading

2023 U.S. Cybersecurity Predictions

Given that cyberattacks continue to be sophisticated and severe, and cybersecurity continues to be a top concern for regulators, consumers, business partners, and investors, companies should be proactive and devote adequate resources to their security practices and incident response. In addition to the litigation and reputational risks that companies face if they are perceived as … Continue Reading

2023 U.S. Privacy Regulatory Predictions

The year 2023 promises to be another big year for privacy. In 2022, regulators focused on AI, dark patterns and aggressive remedies for allegedly deceptive and unfair data practices, such as disgorgement of algorithms developed through ill-gotten data, and these trends are likely to continue. Privacy professionals continue to focus on the privacy laws in five states coming into … Continue Reading

Council of the EU Proposes Amendments to Draft AI Act

On December 6, 2022, the European Union’s (EU) Regulation on Artificial Intelligence (AI Act) progressed one step towards becoming law when the Council of the EU (the Council) adopted their amendments to the draft act (Council General Approach). The European Parliament (Parliament) must now finalize their common position before interinstitutional negotiations can begin.… Continue Reading

EU Introduces Legislative Proposal to Collect Data from Short-Term Accommodation Platforms

On November 7, 2022, the European Commission (EC) published its proposal for a regulation on data collection and sharing for short-term accommodation rental services (proposal). The proposal includes data sharing and website design requirements for online platforms providing short-term accommodation rental services. It also prompts EU countries to create a harmonized registration process for hosts providing such … Continue Reading

UK Government Publishes New Code of Practice for App Store Operators and App Developers

On December 9, 2022, the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) published a voluntary Code of Practice for App Store Operators and App Developers (Code). The Code sets out eight core principles to be followed by in-scope entities and is intended to help protect end users from malicious and poorly designed … Continue Reading

Some Light Holiday Reading: Draft Procedural Guidance on the EU’s Digital Market Act Open for Consultation

On December 9, 2022, the European Commission (EC) published its draft Digital Markets Act (DMA) Implementing Regulation, which will be open for public comment until January 6, 2023. The package is designed to give guidance on the practical aspects of gatekeeper designation and sets out the information required from gatekeepers and their procedural rights. The … Continue Reading

FTC Extends Deadline to Comply with the Updated Safeguards Rule Until June 9, 2023

On November 15, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it is extending the deadline for covered financial institutions to comply with the updated Safeguards Rule of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) by six months. The FTC originally published updates to the Safeguards Rule in October 2021. Under the updated rule, covered financial institutions had until … Continue Reading

California Privacy Protection Agency Releases Modified Proposed CPRA Regulations: An In-Depth Analysis

Written Comments Due by November 21 On November 3, 2022, the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA, or the Agency) issued modified proposed regulations implementing the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA),[1] which revise the initial proposed regulations released on July 8, 2022. The Agency’s Notice of Modifications to Text of Proposed Regulations triggers a 15-day public … Continue Reading

EU Court Opinion: Competition Authorities May Consider Data Protection Breaches in Their Investigations

On September 20, 2022, an adviser to the EU’s top court opined that competition authorities may consider a company’s compliance with the EU’s data protection rules as part of an abuse of dominance investigation. In his Opinion (Opinion), Advocate General (AG) Athanasios Rantos of the EU’s Court of Justice (CJEU) noted that competition authorities do not have … Continue Reading

FTC Settles Allegations of Data Security Failures with Edtech Company Chegg

On October 31, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a complaint and proposed consent order against Chegg, an edtech company, over its security practices that resulted in four security breaches in three years. The commissioners unanimously voted to approve the proposed order. The case follows the FTC’s announcement earlier this year that it would scrutinize the … Continue Reading

European Union Adopts Flagship Digital Services Act

On October 27, 2022, the Digital Services Act (DSA) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, sweeping in a new era in the regulation of digital services. (See Wilson Sonsini’s DSA Fact Sheet.) The DSA applies to providers of digital services, including those based outside the EU that provide services to users in the … Continue Reading

FTC Holds Event on Digital Marketing and Blurred Advertising’s Impact on Children

On October 19, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a virtual event to explore the concept of “blurred” advertising in digital media and its impact on children. As the FTC is considering updates to rules related to both the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and advertising, Chair Lina Khan suggested that children are … Continue Reading

FTC Announces Settlement with Drizly; Complaint Names CEO in His Individual Capacity

On October 24, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a proposed consent order against Drizly and its CEO, James Cory Rellas, over the online alcohol marketplace company’s data breach incident in 2020, which exposed personal information of about 2.5 million customers. The order is noteworthy in that it 1) personally names and requires Drizly’s … Continue Reading

Colorado Attorney General Issues Draft Rules for the Colorado Privacy Act

On October 10, 2022, the Colorado Secretary of State published draft rules for the Colorado Privacy Act (ColoPA) in the Colorado Register, thus initiating a public comment period that will run through February 1, 2023.1 The draft rules generally cover the topics that the Colorado Attorney General’s Office identified in the April 2022 “Pre-Rulemaking Considerations for … Continue Reading

Formal Publication of the DMA and Timelines for Compliance

On October 12, 2022, the EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (see here), giving clarity as to when the new rules will apply. The DMA will enter into force on November 1, 2022, and it will become fully applicable in May 2023. At that point, the gatekeeper … Continue Reading

President Biden Signs Executive Order to Implement the New EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework

On October 7, 2022, President Biden signed an Executive Order (Order) on Enhancing Safeguards for United States Signals Intelligence Activities. This marks the latest step towards the new EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework (Framework), a replacement for the defunct EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield). The next stage in the process is for the European Commission (EC), with input from the … Continue Reading

European Commission Proposes New EU Cybersecurity Rules for Software and Hardware Products

On September 15, 2022, the European Commission (EC) published a Proposal for a Cyber Resilience Act (CRA Proposal) that sets out new rules in the European Union (EU) for software and hardware products and their remote data processing solutions. The CRA Proposal introduces mandatory cybersecurity-related requirements and reporting obligations, including about product vulnerabilities, for manufacturers, … Continue Reading

Gig Economy, Dark Patterns, and Impersonation Scams: FTC Signals Priorities in Open Commission Meeting

On September 15, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held an open Commission meeting that covered three agenda items: 1) a rulemaking on impersonation scams, 2) a policy statement on enforcement related to gig work, and 3) a staff report on dark patterns. While items (1) and (3) moved forward with a bipartisan 5-0 vote, the policy statement on the gig economy was … Continue Reading

California Legislature Passes Far-Reaching Online Privacy and Content Regulation Bill for Minors

On August 30, 2022, the California legislature passed the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act (the Act). Modeled after the UK’s Age-Appropriate Design Code, California’s act drastically changes the landscape of online privacy and content availability for minors in California. The Act goes beyond the current federal protections of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and could impose … Continue Reading

California Attorney General Settles First-Ever CCPA Enforcement Action

On August 24, 2022, the California Attorney General (AG) announced the entry of a final judgment to resolve claims that makeup retailer Sephora violated the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Notably, this is the California AG’s first enforcement action resulting in a fine and settlement under the CCPA. The California AG alleged that Sephora violated the CCPA by failing … Continue Reading
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